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.
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.
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.
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.
Americans still favor ties with Cuba after Castro’s death, U.S. election
Three-quarters of U.S. adults approve of the decision last year to re-establish relations with Cuba, and nearly as many favor ending the trade embargo.
Most Americans haven’t heard of the ‘alt-right’
The political movement known as the alt-right has sparked considerable debate in recent weeks. Most Americans, however, haven’t heard of the movement at all.
Republicans, Democrats find common ground on many provisions of health care law
Americans remain split in their opinions about the Affordable Care Act and its future. But while President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to repeal the overhaul, individual provisions are broadly popular, even across partisan lines.
GOP gained ground in middle-class communities in 2016
Although many middle-class areas voted for Barack Obama in 2008, they overwhelmingly favored Donald Trump in 2016, a shift that was a key to his victory.
What kinds of backgrounds do U.S. attorneys general have?
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, closely resembles many previous Justice Department leaders.
Will Trump’s backing revive moribund term-limits movement?
Although the movement to limit congressional terms has been largely dormant for the past two decades, 15 states do limit how many terms their own legislators can serve.