January 11, 2016

Before Obama’s last State of the Union, a look back at his early hopes

On the occasion of President Obama’s last State of the Union address, a look back at his first congressional address – his priorities, those of the public at the time and what’s happened in the years since.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 5, 2016

5 facts about guns in the United States

Americans have shown broad and consistent support for expanded background checks for gun purchasers, but this has proven more contentious in practice than in principle. And the GOP holds a slight advantage over the Democratic Party in reflecting the public’s views about gun control.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 4, 2016

Millennials’ views of news media, religious organizations grow more negative

Since 2010, Millennials’ rating of churches and other religious organizations has dipped 18 percentage points. Their views of the national news media also have grown more negative.

GlobalDecember 31, 2015

Your favorite Fact Tank data in 2015

From Millennials in the workforce to religion in America, our most popular posts told important stories about trends shaping our world.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 29, 2015

Congress’ productivity improves somewhat in 2015

Congress passed 113 laws, 87 of them substantive, in 2015, making it the most productive first session since 2009.

GlobalDecember 22, 2015

15 striking findings from 2015

From trust in government to views of climate change, here are some of Pew Research Center’s most memorable findings of the year.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 16, 2015

Americans’ views of Fed depend on their politics

Republicans, especially conservative Republicans, were more likely to view the institution unfavorably.

Internet & TechDecember 16, 2015

Americans divided on government’s role in space exploration

From the moon landings to Star Wars, Americans have long had a fascination with space and affection for NASA, but today’s public is divided on what role their government should play in future space exploration.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 15, 2015

5 facts about Republicans and national security

When GOP presidential candidates meet in Las Vegas tonight for their sixth debate, terrorism, foreign policy and national security are expected to be major topics.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 11, 2015

Patriotic, honest and selfish: How Americans describe … Americans

Americans pull no punches when assessing the strengths and weaknesses of their fellow citizens.