Fact Tank Mar. 17, 2014

Resurgent public optimism on the economy? Don’t hold your breath

One of the biggest political puzzles of 2014 is why the public remains so bearish about the economy, and in turn critical of Barack Obama’s stewardship of it, given clear signs that economic indicators are improving. An analysis by Andrew Kohut.

Fact Tank Mar. 10, 2014

61% of young Republicans favor same-sex marriage

Today, 61% of Republicans and Republican leaners under 30 favor same-sex marriage while just 35% oppose it. By contrast, just 27% of Republicans ages 50 and older favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry.

Fact Tank Mar. 7, 2014

5 facts about Republicans

The annual Conservative Political Action Committee kicked off its annual conference Thursday, providing an early test for potential GOP presidential candidates and also putting into sharp relief the differences in the Republican Party.

Fact Tank Mar. 5, 2014

Public’s anti-incumbent mood hasn’t always predicted big electoral swings

Despite surveys showing anti-incumbent sentiments at or near all-time highs, most members of Congress appear to have little to worry about.

Fact Tank Feb. 24, 2014

Just 28% of Republicans believe GOP advocates its principles well

A minority of Republicans believe that their party is doing a good job in standing up for its traditional positions of smaller government, tax-cutting and conservative social values.

Fact Tank Feb. 20, 2014

American unions membership declines as public support fluctuates

Though unions retain much public support, the share of American workers who actually belong to one has been falling for decades and is at its lowest level since the Great Depression

Fact Tank Feb. 14, 2014

As U.S. role in Afghanistan nears an end, more Americans see failure than success

About half of Americans say the U.S. has mostly failed to achieve its goals in Afghanistan.

Fact Tank Feb. 11, 2014

Americans have been lukewarm, skeptical about economy since 2000

Americans have held lukewarm-to-gloomy views of the economy for a decade and a half, in good times and bad.

Fact Tank Feb. 10, 2014

Americans like Michelle Obama, except for conservative Republicans

There’s been at least one constant in how the public views the Obama administration — the large number of Americans who have a favorable view of First Lady Michelle Obama.

Fact Tank Feb. 7, 2014

Who smokes in America?

CVS’ decision to stop selling tobacco products comes as smoking continues to decline and smokers are consuming fewer cigarettes.