U.S. PoliticsApril 10, 2015

5 facts on how Americans view taxes

Benjamin Franklin popularized the sentiment that nothing is certain “except death and taxes.” But the public isn’t too keen on the current federal tax system, with 59% saying there is so much wrong that Congress should completely change it (38% say it works pretty well and needs only minor changes). As April 15 rolls around […]

U.S. PoliticsMarch 11, 2015

Jobs situation looks brighter as employers seek to fill more positions

There were 1.8 unemployed people per job opening in January, another indicator of the improving jobs situation.

U.S. PoliticsMarch 5, 2015

50 years ago: Mixed views about civil rights but support for Selma demonstrators

In 1965, America’s verdict on Selma was clear: Polling showed the public clearly siding with the demonstrators, not with the state of Alabama.

U.S. PoliticsMarch 4, 2015

Opinions on Obamacare remain divided along party lines as Supreme Court hears new challenge

Nearly nine-in-ten Republicans are opposed to the 2010 health care law and roughly eight-in-ten Democrats support it. Most Americans say the ACA has not directly affected them or their family.

U.S. PoliticsMarch 2, 2015

Ahead of redistricting, Democrats seek to reverse statehouse declines

The national Democratic Party wants to regain some of the 900-plus state legislative seats Democrats have lost since 2009.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 27, 2015

63% of Republican Millennials favor marijuana legalization

Republican Millennials, however, are not as supportive of marijuana legalization as their young Democratic and Democratic-leaning counterparts.

Media & NewsFebruary 26, 2015

5 facts about consistent conservatives

Our research on political polarization found that 9% of Americans, and 20% of Republicans and Republican leaners, express consistently conservative views.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 24, 2015

A college degree wasn’t always a ‘must’ for U.S. presidential candidates

If Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wins the Republican presidential nomination next year, he’ll be the first major-party nominee without a college degree since Barry Goldwater in 1964.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 19, 2015

Are Americans ready for Obama’s ‘middle class’ populism?

Trends in public opinion are in line with Obama’s agenda: The priority given to deficit reduction has slipped somewhat, while public support for rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure has increased.

Internet & TechFebruary 13, 2015

From telegrams to Instagram, a look at presidents and technology

President Obama’s recent interviews with Buzzfeed and Vox, and his embrace of online news and social media more generally, stands in a long tradition of presidents employing novel communications technologies to speak to Americans directly.