Fact TankAugust 15, 2016

In debates, voters want to hear most about terrorism and the economy

Given the chance to decide how much time is spent on each of 10 specific issues, voters would allocate more time to discussions of the candidates’ plans on keeping the U.S. safe from terrorism and on economic growth and much less time to discussion of abortion policy.

Fact TankAugust 8, 2016

Split-ticket districts, once common, are now rare

In 2012, only 26 House districts out of 435 chose one party’s presidential nominee and the other party’s candidate for the House.

Fact TankAugust 2, 2016

U.S. voter turnout trails most developed countries

Among the 35 countries in the OECD, the U.S. ranks 31st in terms of turnout among the voting-age population, but seventh in terms of turnout among registered voters.

Fact TankJuly 28, 2016

A closer look at the gender gap in presidential voting

In the 1972 and 1976 elections, there was no difference in candidate support between men and women. But over the last nine presidential elections, women have consistently voted for Democratic presidential candidates at higher rates than men.

Fact TankJuly 27, 2016

5 facts about Hillary Clinton’s candidacy

Here’s a roundup of key Pew Research Center findings on views of Hillary Clinton, her politics and the impact she would have on Washington.

Fact TankJuly 25, 2016

On most issues, Sanders primary supporters further from GOP voters than Clinton backers

On nearly all issues where Clinton’s and Sanders’ backers diverged, they did so because Sanders’ supporters were more to the left of Clinton’s and further away from the opinions of GOP voters.

Fact TankJuly 21, 2016

The growing Democratic domination of nation’s largest counties

In 2008, Barack Obama won 88 of the 100 largest U.S. counties; four years later he won 86 of them. The last time a Republican presidential candidate won more than a third of the 100 biggest counties was 1988.

Fact TankJuly 20, 2016

In ‘political correctness’ debate, most Americans think too many people are easily offended

Six-in-ten (59%) Americans say “too many people are easily offended these days over the language that others use.” Fewer (39%) think “people need to be more careful about the language they use to avoid offending people with different backgrounds.”

Fact TankJuly 19, 2016

More minority federal judges have been appointed under Democratic than Republican presidents

Since 1945, Democratic presidents have appointed three times as many black judges, and also more Hispanic and Asian judges, to the federal bench as their Republican counterparts.

Fact TankJuly 18, 2016

Sharp differences over who is hurt, helped by their race

Blacks and whites differ on the extent to which a person’s race can be a burden or a benefit. For blacks, the answer is clear: 65% say “it is a lot more difficult to be black in this country than it is to be white.” Fewer than half as many whites (27%) agree.