U.S. PoliticsFebruary 2, 2017

The changing face of Congress in 5 charts

Apart from its political makeup and policy objectives, the new Congress differs from prior ones in other ways, including its demographics.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 30, 2017

Key facts about refugees to the U.S.

Following the signing of an executive order that suspends refugee admissions for 120 days, here are key facts about the refugees entering the United States.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 30, 2017

Most Americans see labor unions, corporations favorably

Americans’ views of both labor unions and business corporations have grown more positive since March 2015.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 26, 2017

5 facts about abortion

As the debate over abortion continues, here are five key facts about Americans’ views on the topic.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 26, 2017

Americans divided in views of use of torture in U.S. anti-terror efforts

Overall, 48% of Americans say there are some circumstances under which the use of torture is acceptable in U.S. anti-terrorism efforts.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 24, 2017

115th Congress sets new high for racial, ethnic diversity

Almost one-in-five voting members of the House and Senate are a racial or ethnic minority, making the 115th U.S. Congress the most diverse in history.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 23, 2017

Obama issued fewer executive orders on average than any president since Cleveland

Obama has issued 35 executive orders per year in office, slightly fewer than the 36 per year in office that George W. Bush issued and the lowest average in 120 years.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 23, 2017

Two-thirds of Americans give priority to developing alternative energy over fossil fuels

Support for focusing on alternative energy development (is up slightly since December 2014, but wide political differences remain.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 20, 2017

Obama used clemency power more often than any president since Truman

Obama granted clemency to more people than any U.S. president in 64 years, but he also received far more requests than any president on record.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 20, 2017

Almost all U.S. presidents, including Trump, have been Christians

Most of the U.S. presidents have been openly religious, with many belonging to some of the country’s most prominent Protestant denominations.