Who runs for office? A profile of the 2%
Our data show that those who say they have sought office tend to be white, male and well-educated. In fact, while women account for half of the adult population, they are just a quarter of those who say they have run for office.
In search of libertarians
About one-in-ten Americans (11%) describe themselves as libertarian and know what the term means.
Chart of the Week: The most liberal and conservative big cities
Big cities in the U.S. tend toward the liberal side of the political spectrum, even when they’re within conservative states (residents of Austin sometimes joke that their city is “an island surrounded by Texas”). But which cities are more liberal — or conservative — than their reputations?
How the Watergate crisis eroded public support for Richard Nixon
Nixon had won reelection in 1972 by a landslide and began his second term with a lofty 68% Gallup Poll approval rating in January 1973. But the Watergate scandal took a heavy toll on those ratings.
The political middle still matters
Despite growing political polarization between the GOP and Democratic bases, there’s a sizable “middle” that still matters in elections.
Congress continues its streak of passing few significant laws
Midway through its second and final year, the 113th Congress remains one of the least legislatively productive in recent history.
Americans divided on how the Supreme Court should interpret the Constitution
Democrats and Republicans remain deeply divided about how the U.S. Supreme Court should interpret the Constitution. And there are many differences among different demographic groups – especially when it comes to religious affiliation.
Voter turnout always drops off for midterm elections, but why?
Voter turnout, no matter how measured, is consistently lower in midterm elections compared to presidential election years. Political scientists aren’t sure why, but have some ideas.
Obama viewed as more caring than Bush, but no more effective
A new Pew Research Center survey finds that President Barack Obama’s overall approval rating has held steady at 44%, even as he receives low marks for his handling of the surge of undocumented child immigrants at the U.S. border.
The demographics and politics of gun-owning households
Americans with young children in their home are just as likely as other adults to have a gun in their household.