U.S. PoliticsMarch 2, 2017

Public remains divided over role of government in financial regulation

As Donald Trump and congressional Republicans take steps to roll back Obama-era financial regulations, the public remains divided over whether regulations of financial institutions have gone too far or not gone far enough.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 24, 2017

Most Americans continue to oppose U.S. border wall, doubt Mexico would pay for it

More Americans continue to oppose than favor building a wall along the entire U.S. border with Mexico, and 70% think the U.S. would ultimately pay for it.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 23, 2017

Support for 2010 health care law reaches new high

As congressional Republicans weigh options to replace the Affordable Care Act, support for the 2010 health care law has reached its highest level on record.

MethodsFebruary 23, 2017

Q&A with Solomon Messing of Pew Research Center’s Data Labs

A conversation with the director of the Center’s Data Labs team on their new report on congressional communications and the uses and misuses of “big data.”

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 21, 2017

Public divided over Keystone XL, Dakota pipelines; Democrats turn decisively against Keystone

Public support for the Keystone XL pipeline has fallen since 2014, largely because of a sharp decline among Democrats.

MethodsFebruary 16, 2017

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?

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 16, 2017

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.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 8, 2017

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.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 3, 2017

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.

ReligionFebruary 3, 2017

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.