Fact Tank Jun. 26, 2014

New political typology data show islands of agreement amid sea of polarization

Despite increased polarization, the Pew Research Center’s latest political typology report shows several areas of agreement between otherwise opposed groups.

Fact Tank Jun. 26, 2014

Q/A: How Pew Research created the political typology

The goal of the political typology is to sort people into homogeneous groups, based on their political values and attitudes. It’s an effort to categorize people politically to help us better understand the complexities of the current political landscape.

Fact Tank Jun. 23, 2014

Five years in, recovery still underwhelms compared with previous ones

The current economic recovery, which hit the five-year mark this month, has underperformed other recent expansions that have lasted at least as long.

Fact Tank Jun. 17, 2014

A dug-in electorate bodes poorly for the Democrats in November

Since the Affordable Care Act was passed nearly four years ago, a plurality of Americans have disapproved of it. Since the onset of the Great Recession 6 years ago, more than 80% of Americans have rated economic conditions as only fair or poor. And since winning a second term, Barack Obama’s approval score has mostly been in the mid-40s or lower.

Fact Tank Jun. 13, 2014

How the most ideologically polarized Americans live different lives

For America’s most ardent liberals and conservatives, polarization begins at home. In what may seem like stereotypes come to life, a new Pew Research Center study on political polarization finds that conservatives would rather live in large houses in small towns and rural areas — ideally among people of the same religious faith — while liberals opt […]

Fact Tank Jun. 12, 2014

More Americans say U.S. failed to achieve its goals in Iraq

As Sunni militants make a major military push against the central government in Iraq, the Obama administration is said to have rebuffed requests from Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to use drones to strike at extremist bases. That reported reluctance follows years of U.S. military intervention in Iraq that many Americans say was misguided and failed to achieve its goals.

Fact Tank Jun. 12, 2014

The polarized Congress of today has its roots in the 1970s

You don’t have to look hard to see evidence of political polarization — just watch cable news, listen to talk radio or follow social-media debates. Indeed, a new Pew Research Center report finds that Americans are more ideologically polarized today than they’ve been in at least two decades. Their representatives in Congress are divided too, and have […]

Fact Tank Jun. 12, 2014

7 things to know about polarization in America

Political polarization is the defining feature of early 21st century American politics, both among the public and elected officials. Our study finds that Republicans and Democrats are further apart than at any point in recent history.

Fact Tank Jun. 12, 2014

How Pew Research conducted the polarization survey and launched a new research panel

Throughout its history, the Pew Research Center has periodically conducted major surveys that take an in-depth look at important trends in American political attitudes and behavior. Today we released one such survey on political polarization, which is arguably the defining feature of early 21st century American politics. This is reflected not only in the public’s […]

Fact Tank Jun. 11, 2014

Tea Partiers are not all immigration hawks

Only a minority of Republican voters take a hard-line stance on immigration.