U.S. PoliticsMay 5, 2016

Who are the Democratic superdelegates?

The 700+ unpledged party leaders and elected officials are mostly white, mostly men and mostly Hillary Clinton supporters.

U.S. PoliticsMay 5, 2016

Key findings on how Americans view the U.S. role in the world

The U.S. public is uncertain and divided about America’s role in the world, ranging from what they regard as the greatest threats to the U.S. to the measures the country should take to deal with them.

ScienceApril 22, 2016

For Earth Day, here’s how Americans view environmental issues

The 1970s were an important era for American environmentalism. Congress passed the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, President Nixon established the Environmental Protection Agency, and the nation’s first Earth Day – created by Democratic Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin – was held on April 22, 1970. Forty-six years later, Earth Day has […]

U.S. PoliticsApril 15, 2016

Americans’ views of immigrants marked by widening partisan, generational divides

Between 1994 and 2005, Republicans’ and Democrats’ views of immigrants tracked one another closely. Beginning around 2006, however, they began to diverge.

U.S. PoliticsApril 14, 2016

Candidates who don’t win on first convention ballot usually go on to lose

In 11 of the 18 conventions since the Civil War that went more than one ballot, the first-ballot leader ended up losing the nomination to someone else.

U.S. PoliticsApril 13, 2016

High-income Americans pay most income taxes, but enough to be ‘fair’?

By design, wealthier Americans pay most of the nation’s total individual income taxes.

U.S. PoliticsApril 11, 2016

Among developed nations, Americans’ tax bills are below average

Data from the OECD indicate that the U.S. has some of the lowest income taxes and social-insurance taxes among developed nations.

ReligionApril 8, 2016

On abortion, persistent divides between – and within – the two parties

As Americans await a decision in the Supreme Court’s first abortion case in years, a slim majority (56%) now think abortion should be legal in all or most cases. About four-in-ten (41%) say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. The balance of opinion on this issue has ticked back toward support for […]

U.S. PoliticsApril 7, 2016

Cost-of-living disparities within states complicate minimum-wage debate

The cost of living can vary widely not just from state to state but within individual states, which can make setting an appropriate minimum wage more difficult.

U.S. PoliticsApril 6, 2016

The biggest U.S. tax breaks

The hundreds of exemptions, deductions and other breaks embedded in the tax code will cost the federal government more than $1.3 trillion this fiscal year.