Fact Tank Jul. 24, 2014

Voter turnout always drops off for midterm elections, but why?

Voter turnout, no matter how measured, is consistently lower in midterm elections compared to presidential election years. Political scientists aren’t sure why, but have some ideas.

Fact Tank Jul. 16, 2014

Obama viewed as more caring than Bush, but no more effective

A new Pew Research Center survey finds that President Barack Obama’s overall approval rating has held steady at 44%, even as he receives low marks for his handling of the surge of undocumented child immigrants at the U.S. border.

Fact Tank Jul. 15, 2014

The demographics and politics of gun-owning households

Americans with young children in their home are just as likely as other adults to have a gun in their household.

Fact Tank Jul. 9, 2014

Americans, especially young adults, back strong economic ties with China

About half of Americans (51%) say it is more important to build a stronger relationship with China on economic issues, while 41% say it is more important to get tougher with China.

Fact Tank Jul. 9, 2014

The politics of American generations: How age affects attitudes and voting behavior

Among U.S. adults, different age cohorts have markedly different political profiles, but the relationship is considerably more complex than young people leaning liberal and older people being more conservative.

Fact Tank Jul. 7, 2014

1-in-10 Americans don’t give a hoot about politics

As Republicans and Democrats gear up for midterm elections this November, there’s one group of Americans – that we call political Bystanders – that is paying very little, if any, attention to the whole ordeal.

Fact Tank Jun. 30, 2014

Americans show modest interest in Iraq news, less interest in World Cup

So far, the growing crisis in Iraq has not drawn strong interest from the American public. As Sunni militants extend their control of large swaths of Iraq, 25% say they are paying very close attention to the growing violence and political instability in Iraq. By comparison, 28% of Americans surveyed June 26-29 say they followed […]

Fact Tank Jun. 27, 2014

Why the typology quiz questions are asked the way they are

One of the strongest reactions we have received from some quiz-takers is frustration over the either-or choices each question offers. This is a legitimate concern, but there is a reason the questions are asked the way they are: The intent is not to put people “in a box” but rather to understand how their values across multiple political dimensions are related to each other.

Fact Tank Jun. 26, 2014

New political typology data show islands of agreement amid sea of polarization

Despite increased polarization, the Pew Research Center’s latest political typology report shows several areas of agreement between otherwise opposed groups.

Fact Tank Jun. 26, 2014

Q/A: How Pew Research created the political typology

The goal of the political typology is to sort people into homogeneous groups, based on their political values and attitudes. It’s an effort to categorize people politically to help us better understand the complexities of the current political landscape.