Fact TankJanuary 5, 2017

Federal prison population fell during Obama’s term, reversing recent trend

Obama is on pace to become the first president since Carter to leave the White House with a smaller federal prison population than when he took office.

January 4, 2017

5 facts about the minimum wage

While the idea of raising the minimum wage is broadly popular, efforts to do so at the national level have stalled. We gathered key facts looking at the issue.

Fact TankJanuary 3, 2017

About seven-in-ten Americans oppose overturning Roe v. Wade

More than 40 years after the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, 69% of Americans say the historic ruling should not be completely overturned.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 29, 2016

Tillerson would be first secretary of state without military or government experience

At least four secretaries of state previously worked as top executives for large private-sector companies.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 28, 2016

U.S. ends year with fewest executions since 1991

Just five states – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Texas – accounted for all 20 executions in the U.S. in 2016.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 22, 2016

How Americans are talking about Trump’s election in 6 charts

More than a month after the presidential election, Donald Trump’s victory and his plans for the presidency remain a topic of conversation for most – but not all – Americans. With the holidays approaching, 39% of U.S. adults say their families avoid conversations about politics. Following one of the most divisive campaigns in recent memory, here […]

Fact TankDecember 21, 2016

16 striking findings from 2016

In 2016, Pew Research Center examined an array of topics in America – from immigration to the growing divide between Republicans and Democrats – as well as many from around the globe.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 20, 2016

Trump’s victory another example of how Electoral College wins are bigger than popular vote ones

For the fifth time in U.S. history, and the second time this century, a presidential candidate has won the White House while losing the popular vote.

December 16, 2016

More voters will have access to non-English ballots in the next election cycle

New census data show that 263 counties, cities and other jurisdictions in 29 states will now be required to print election ballots in non-English languages.

Fact TankDecember 14, 2016

Most Americans favor stricter environmental laws and regulations

A majority of U.S. adults say stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost, while roughly a third say such regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy.