Americans divided on whether drones make U.S. safer
A dozen years after 9/11 and the start of the war in Afghanistan, the public has mixed opinions about whether certain policies have made the U.S. safer from terrorism.
Where were you when JFK was shot? Only 28.9% of Americans can answer that
Less than one-third of Americans were of age to recall personal memories from the day JFK was shot.
JFK torchbearers now vote more Republican
Pew Research has tracked vote preference among different age cohorts in the past several presidential and midterm elections and looked at who was president when each cohort turned 18. By looking at likely voters from our pre-election surveys, we can see how each age cohort voted relative to the national average.
The mood of America during the Kennedy years had few parallels with today’s modern era.
Public has mixed view on banning trans fats
A nationwide survey finds 44% in favor of prohibiting restaurants from using trans fats in foods, while 52% oppose the idea.
Only 1 in 7 House districts were competitive in 2012
In last year’s elections, winners won by at least 10 points in all but 62 of the 435 House districts.
As Americans head to the polls, state and local governments viewed favorably
More than half of Americans express a favorable view of their state government.
While focus on foreign problems lessens, U.S. public keeps its eye on China
While the American public increasingly has been looking inward after years of economic stress at home and a decade of wars abroad, they have a keen awareness of the challenges posed to the U.S. by China in the superpower competition between the two countries.
Americans divided over whether U.S. achieved its goals in Iraq
A decade after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, 46% of Americans believe the U.S. achieved its goals there while 43% said it had not.
Sebelius goes before Congress amid negative public view of health exchanges
Surveyed shortly after the online health insurance exchanges launched, a plurality of Americans said they were not working well or at all.