7 things to know about polarization in America
Political polarization is the defining feature of early 21st century American politics, both among the public and elected officials. Our study finds that Republicans and Democrats are further apart than at any point in recent history.
How Pew Research conducted the polarization survey and launched a new research panel
Throughout its history, the Pew Research Center has periodically conducted major surveys that take an in-depth look at important trends in American political attitudes and behavior. Today we released one such survey on political polarization, which is arguably the defining feature of early 21st century American politics. This is reflected not only in the public’s […]
Tea Partiers are not all immigration hawks
Only a minority of Republican voters take a hard-line stance on immigration.
Generation X: America’s neglected ‘middle child’
Generation X has a gripe with pulse takers, zeitgeist keepers, and population counters. We keep squeezing them out of the frame.
EPA to propose power plant pollution cuts, an idea the public has backed
President Obama is expected to announce a new rule cutting emissions from coal-fired power plants. A Pew Research Center survey last September found support for action to cut emissions.
Americans are somewhat more open to the idea of an atheist president
Some of the stigma associated with atheism may be fading as the number of U.S. adults self-identifying as atheist or agnostic rises.
Fancy degree? Most Americans say it’s not required to be president
Recent presidents and presidential candidates have tended to have elite college educations — a fact that doesn’t appear to bother many Americans.
In the polls, Tea Party support falls among Republicans
Tea Party agreement among GOP has fallen from 48% in March 2010 to 33% in late April, 2014.
More Republicans than Democrats see military service as asset for presidential candidates
As the 2016 presidential campaign ramps up, Republicans and Democrats have different wish lists when it comes to what traits they want in a candidate.
News interest: Conservatives big on Benghazi, liberals follow Nigeria kidnappings and Sterling
There was a sharp partisan divide last week on which stories most interested liberals and conservatives: Liberals tracked most closely the kidnappings in Nigeria and the Donald Sterling controversy, while conservatives were most interested in Benghazi.