Fact Tank Aug. 30, 2013

Majority of Americans say government should not force federal marijuana laws on states

Six-in-ten Americans say that the federal government should not enforce its marijuana laws in states that permit use.

Fact Tank Aug. 28, 2013

Remembering Katrina: Wide racial divide over government’s response

Today is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Tomorrow marks another, less heralded event in the history of U.S. race relations.

Fact Tank Aug. 23, 2013

Younger Republicans think more diverse nominees would help GOP win

A recent survey of Republican and Republican-leaning adults about the GOP’s future found stark age differences in opinions on the question of whether more diverse nominees would help the party perform better in future elections.

Fact Tank Aug. 22, 2013

Possible chemical weapons use by Syria has influenced public support for action in past polls

Americans have consistently opposed U.S. involvement in the Syrian conflict, but have offered a somewhat different response when asked how they would respond if there is proof that President Bashar Assad’s forces attacked civilians with chemical weapons.

Fact Tank Aug. 20, 2013

Sharp divisions in GOP base on raising the minimum wage

Proposals to raise the minimum wage face stiff opposition in Congress from Republicans, particularly in the House. But within the GOP base, there are sharp educational and income differences over the issue.

Fact Tank Aug. 13, 2013

Many Americans say educational system in need of overhaul

About two-thirds of Americans say either that the education system in this country needs to be completely rebuilt (21%) or that it requires major changes.

Fact Tank Aug. 7, 2013

Tea Party Republicans exert stronger influence in GOP primaries

There is a 17-point gap between the percentage of Tea Party Republicans (62%) and non-Tea Party Republicans (45%) who say they always vote in primary elections.

Fact Tank Aug. 2, 2013

Both parties ’underwater’ heading into 2014 elections

Both parties currently are unpopular with the public, but as the GOP showed in 2010, a party with a low favorability rating can still score a sweeping victory in midterm elections.

Fact Tank Aug. 1, 2013

GOP views of Paul, Christie reflect fight over civil liberties

The favorability ratings of Rand Paul and Chris Christie vary among Republican voters when viewed through the filter of those who approve of the NSA’s surveillance program and those who do not.

Fact Tank Jul. 25, 2013

5 reasons Americans have the economic blahs

Despite modestly positive macroeconomic trends, many Americans feel lukewarm or worse about the economy. Five less-common indicators may help explain why.