Fact Tank Sep. 9, 2013

As French, U.S. leaders push for Syria action, their people are united in opposition

The American and French publics, who a decade ago bitterly disagreed over the U.S. invasion of Iraq, now see eye-to-eye on the looming military strike against Syria because of its alleged use of chemical weapons against its own people. In principle they both think there are times when it is necessary to use military force […]

Fact Tank Sep. 6, 2013

In foreign affairs, Americans are less receptive to moral arguments

Americans generally are less willing to support foreign policies on moral or humanitarian grounds than when they are cast as directly benefiting the United States or its allies.

Fact Tank Sep. 4, 2013

Most members of Congress have little direct military experience

Veterans make up a smaller share of Congress than at any time in the past five decades.

Fact Tank Aug. 30, 2013

Majority of Americans say government should not force federal marijuana laws on states

Six-in-ten Americans say that the federal government should not enforce its marijuana laws in states that permit use.

Fact Tank Aug. 28, 2013

Remembering Katrina: Wide racial divide over government’s response

Today is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Tomorrow marks another, less heralded event in the history of U.S. race relations.

Fact Tank Aug. 23, 2013

Younger Republicans think more diverse nominees would help GOP win

A recent survey of Republican and Republican-leaning adults about the GOP’s future found stark age differences in opinions on the question of whether more diverse nominees would help the party perform better in future elections.

Fact Tank Aug. 22, 2013

Possible chemical weapons use by Syria has influenced public support for action in past polls

Americans have consistently opposed U.S. involvement in the Syrian conflict, but have offered a somewhat different response when asked how they would respond if there is proof that President Bashar Assad’s forces attacked civilians with chemical weapons.

Fact Tank Aug. 20, 2013

Sharp divisions in GOP base on raising the minimum wage

Proposals to raise the minimum wage face stiff opposition in Congress from Republicans, particularly in the House. But within the GOP base, there are sharp educational and income differences over the issue.

Fact Tank Aug. 13, 2013

Many Americans say educational system in need of overhaul

About two-thirds of Americans say either that the education system in this country needs to be completely rebuilt (21%) or that it requires major changes.

Fact Tank Aug. 7, 2013

Tea Party Republicans exert stronger influence in GOP primaries

There is a 17-point gap between the percentage of Tea Party Republicans (62%) and non-Tea Party Republicans (45%) who say they always vote in primary elections.