What voters want in a president today, and how their views have changed
The presidential nomination contests are heating up and both parties’ 2016 fields have narrowed. And since it’s also Presidents Day weekend, it’s a good time to consider what voters want in a president, regardless of which candidate they may support.
Almost all U.S. presidents have been Christians
Most of the U.S. presidents have been openly religious, with many belonging to some of the country’s most prominent Protestant denominations. The next largest group of presidents were affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.
Most Americans say U.S. economic system is unfair, but high-income Republicans disagree
Is the U.S. economic system fair to most Americans, or is it “rigged” to favor the rich and powerful?
Democratic voters increasingly embrace the ‘liberal’ label – especially whites, Millennials and postgrads
As Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battle over who better represents progressive or liberal values, it’s clear that Democratic voters overall have become increasingly comfortable with the “liberal” label.
Global opinion varies widely on use of torture against suspected terrorists
The view that torture may be justified is most common in sub-Saharan Africa, where a median of 55% hold this view; it is least common in Latin America (a median of 25%). In the U.S., 58% say torture can be justified as part of efforts to prevent terrorist attacks.
Contested presidential conventions, and why parties try to avoid them
There hasn’t been a seriously contested nominating convention in decades, and a look at history helps explain why: Candidates who needed multiple ballots to get nominated usually didn’t go on to win the White House.
Contentious Republican debates lure many Democrats to tune in
While a majority of Americans have watched at least one of the debates for the 2016 presidential election, there are striking differences between parties when it comes to which side’s debates people are watching.
Partisan divide grows over value of Washington experience
With the first 2016 nomination contests at hand, a new survey underscores the extent to which Republicans have come to place less value on a presidential candidate’s prior experience in office – especially experience as a Washington official.
The demographic trends shaping American politics in 2016 and beyond
In an era of head-snapping racial, social, cultural, economic, religious, gender, generational and technological change, Americans have been sorting themselves into think-alike communities that reflect not only their politics but their demographics.
5 facts about race in America
The latest data on the state of race relations in the U.S. and how much progress has been made — or not — in achieving racial equality.