Fact Tank Jan. 7, 2015

GOP Congress takes over amid public pessimism about an end to divisions

The new GOP-controlled Congress takes office at a time when the American public sees partisan rifts in the country getting worse.

Fact Tank Dec. 31, 2014

Post-election blues? Democrats’ expectations for 2015 take a dive

Fewer Americans have high hopes for 2015 than they did for 2014, a change largely driven by greater pessimism among Democrats.

Fact Tank Dec. 29, 2014

In late spurt of activity, Congress avoids ‘least productive’ title

An unusually active lame duck session enabled the 113th Congress to avoid its predecessor’s record for legislative unproductivity.

Fact Tank Dec. 9, 2014

Americans’ views on use of torture in fighting terrorism have been mixed

In August 2011, 53% of Americans said the use of torture to question suspected terrorists could be often or sometimes justified, while 42% said it could only rarely be justified or not justified at all.

Fact Tank Dec. 2, 2014

How productive are lame duck Congresses?

Lame duck congressional sessions have become more common in recent years, but their actual legislative productivity has varied considerably.

Fact Tank Nov. 24, 2014

Immigration changes draw broad public interest

President Obama’s executive action on immigration, expanding deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants, attracted strong public interest last week.

Fact Tank Nov. 13, 2014

Obama job rating flat after midterm losses, unlike Bush, Ike, Truman

President Obama’s approval rating has barely moved in over a year and remains at 43%. In fact, the share of Americans approving of Obama has wavered between 41% and 45% in 13 consecutive Pew Research surveys dating back to September 2013.

Fact Tank Nov. 13, 2014

Obama vs. the Republicans on environmental issues: How the public views them

While President Obama’s stock with the public has taken a beating, the environment is one area where he maintains an advantage over the GOP.

Fact Tank Nov. 7, 2014

Why can’t we all get along? Challenges ahead for bipartisan cooperation

President Obama meets Friday with Republican leaders after their election day victories to talk about cooperation on key issues. We review the public opinion challenges facing both parties in any quest for bipartisanship.

Fact Tank Nov. 5, 2014

Making more than minimum wage, but less than $10.10 an hour

Last year an estimated 20.6 million people — 30% of all hourly, non-self-employed workers aged 18 and older in the U.S. — earned above the applicable minimum wage in their state but less than the proposed $10.10/hour minimum.