U.S. PoliticsFebruary 17, 2016

Near-record number of primaries this year, but not quite as early

All but five states will hold at least one primary this year, cementing the primary’s dominance over the older caucus system in the presidential nominating process. But compared to 2008, the last time both parties had open nomination contests, the voting started later this year and is a bit more spread out.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 16, 2016

Millennials less confident about nation’s future, but so were their parents, grandparents when young

Two decades ago, Gen Xers, then in their teens and 20s, stood out for their lack of confidence in the nation’s prospects. And two decades before that, Boomers were less bullish than their elders in assessing America’s future.

ReligionFebruary 12, 2016

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.

ReligionFebruary 12, 2016

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.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 10, 2016

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?

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 9, 2016

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.

GlobalFebruary 9, 2016

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.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 4, 2016

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.

Media & NewsJanuary 28, 2016

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.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 28, 2016

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.