Fact Tank Jan. 27, 2014

State of the Union 2014: Where Americans stand on key issues

A summary of where Americans stand on ten key issues likely to come up in President Obama’s State of the Union address.

Fact Tank Jan. 22, 2014

Most young Americans say Snowden has served the public interest

Young adults are significantly more likely to support Edward Snowden and his leaking of classified details of government surveillance programs.

Fact Tank Jan. 2, 2014

Extremists, cyber-attacks top Americans’ security threat list

While Americans say they want the U.S. to mind its own business and focus on issues at home, they remain concerned about the security threats that face the nation in 2014.

Fact Tank Dec. 20, 2013

Polling on the deficit: Why question order matters

Polling organizations devote a great deal of attention to the wording of survey questions, but they need to be just as concerned about how questions are ordered. The context in which a specific question is asked, particularly what directly precedes a question in a telephone interview, often has an impact on the way people respond.

Fact Tank Dec. 19, 2013

Obama, Bush and the ‘second-term curse’

Barack Obama and George Bush have at least one thing in common when it comes to the second terms they won — the first year of their encores have been downers when it came to their public images.

Fact Tank Dec. 16, 2013

Liberal Democrats still approve of Obama, but many don’t feel strongly

President Obama continues to have sky-high job ratings among liberal Democrats — 90% approve and just 8% disapprove in Pew Research’s poll earlier this month. Their approval of his job performance is twice the rating given by the public as a whole (which rose slightly to 45% after steadily declining over six months). But many […]

Fact Tank Dec. 13, 2013

Boehner takes on Tea Party at time when Republican views of him are more unfavorable

The point increase in unfavorable opinions of Rep. John Boehner since he became House Speaker.

Fact Tank Dec. 13, 2013

Chart of the Week: Most new gun laws since Newtown ease restrictions

In the year since the Newtown school shootings, most new state gun laws have loosened rather than tightened restrictions.

Fact Tank Dec. 12, 2013

A year after Newtown, little change in public opinion on guns

After the horrific shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., a year ago claiming the lives of 20 children and six adults, there was a sense in the country – especially among gun-control supporters — that the tragedy would be different from similar ones in the past and push the nation to action. But ultimately, a sustained change in public opinion did not materialize, and a bill to tighten gun laws died in the Senate.

Fact Tank Dec. 10, 2013

Regulators approve Volcker Rule, but public is split on financial regulation

About half of Americans think the government hasn’t gone far enough in regulating financial institutions following the 2007-08 financial crisis.