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.

GlobalFebruary 3, 2017

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.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 2, 2017

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.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 30, 2017

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.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 30, 2017

Most Americans see labor unions, corporations favorably

Americans’ views of both labor unions and business corporations have grown more positive since March 2015.