A basic question when reading a poll: Does it include or exclude nonvoters?
Opinion polls in the U.S. can address the same topic yet reach very different results. There are several reasons this can happen, but we tackle one of the most basic: Did the poll include or exclude the 45% who didn’t vote in November?
More favor than oppose Gorsuch nomination to Supreme Court
A few weeks after Gorsuch’s nomination, 44% of Americans say they favor the Senate confirming him, while 32% are opposed; roughly a quarter offer no opinion.
Younger Supreme Court appointees stay on the bench longer, but there are plenty of exceptions
Justices who were younger than 45 when they took the oath of office served an average of 21.6 years on the court; those who were ages 45 to 49 served an average of 19.4 years.
Young people less likely to view Iraqi, Syrian refugees as major threat to U.S.
In early January, 46% of the public said “a large number of refugees leaving countries such as Iraq and Syria” was a major threat to the well-being of America.
Most Americans oppose churches choosing sides in elections
There has long been a consensus that churches should not endorse specific candidates for public office, and a current law known as the Johnson Amendment prohibits them from involvement in political campaigns.
Countries affected by Trump travel rules accounted for more than 900,000 U.S. entries since 2006
The seven nations affected by a new executive order suspending refugee admissions accounted for 904,415 legal U.S. entries between fiscal years 2006 and 2015.
The changing face of Congress in 5 charts
Apart from its political makeup and policy objectives, the new Congress differs from prior ones in other ways, including its demographics.
Key facts about refugees to the U.S.
Following the signing of an executive order that suspends refugee admissions for 120 days, here are key facts about the refugees entering the United States.
Most Americans see labor unions, corporations favorably
Americans’ views of both labor unions and business corporations have grown more positive since March 2015.
5 facts about abortion
As the debate over abortion continues, here are five key facts about Americans’ views on the topic.