Fact Tank Dec. 9, 2014

Americans’ views on use of torture in fighting terrorism have been mixed

In August 2011, 53% of Americans said the use of torture to question suspected terrorists could be often or sometimes justified, while 42% said it could only rarely be justified or not justified at all.

Fact Tank Dec. 2, 2014

How productive are lame duck Congresses?

Lame duck congressional sessions have become more common in recent years, but their actual legislative productivity has varied considerably.

Fact Tank Nov. 24, 2014

Immigration changes draw broad public interest

President Obama’s executive action on immigration, expanding deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants, attracted strong public interest last week.

Fact Tank Nov. 13, 2014

Obama job rating flat after midterm losses, unlike Bush, Ike, Truman

President Obama’s approval rating has barely moved in over a year and remains at 43%. In fact, the share of Americans approving of Obama has wavered between 41% and 45% in 13 consecutive Pew Research surveys dating back to September 2013.

Fact Tank Nov. 13, 2014

Obama vs. the Republicans on environmental issues: How the public views them

While President Obama’s stock with the public has taken a beating, the environment is one area where he maintains an advantage over the GOP.

Fact Tank Nov. 7, 2014

Why can’t we all get along? Challenges ahead for bipartisan cooperation

President Obama meets Friday with Republican leaders after their election day victories to talk about cooperation on key issues. We review the public opinion challenges facing both parties in any quest for bipartisanship.

Fact Tank Nov. 5, 2014

Making more than minimum wage, but less than $10.10 an hour

Last year an estimated 20.6 million people — 30% of all hourly, non-self-employed workers aged 18 and older in the U.S. — earned above the applicable minimum wage in their state but less than the proposed $10.10/hour minimum.

Fact Tank Nov. 5, 2014

As GOP celebrates win, no sign of narrowing gender, age gaps

The overall vote share is similar to the 2010 midterm elections, and many of the key demographic divides in 2010 — particularly wide gender and age gaps — remain.

Fact Tank Nov. 5, 2014

6 facts about marijuana

A new Pew Research Center survey on the nation’s drug policies found a continued support for legalizing marijuana. These are six key facts on views about the issue.

Fact Tank Nov. 4, 2014

No matter how tight the race, midterm voter turnout likely to remain lackluster

If history is any guide, well under half of eligible voters will come out to vote in Tuesday’s midterms.