Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Obama Job Approval Slips as Economic Pessimism Rises
Barack Obama’s job approval rating has tumbled since shortly after his re-election, as the public’s economic expectations for the coming year have soured.
Same-Sex Marriage: Changing Minds, New Demographics
While much of the shift in support for gay marriage is due to the Millennial generation, equally important is that 14% of Americans — and 28% of gay marriage supporters — have changed their minds.
Public Remains Supportive of Israel, Wary of Iran
As Barack Obama arrives in the Middle East this week, the sympathies of the American public remain firmly with Israel in its dispute with the Palestinians.
After 10 Years, Iraq War Still Divisive
A decade after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the public offers a divided judgment of the war and of the original decision to use military force in Iraq.
Why Own a Gun? Protection Is Now Top Reason
Far more gun owners today than in 1999 cite protection – rather than hunting or other activities – as the main reason they own guns. Among the majority of Americans who do not have guns, safety is a major concern.
Public’s Views of Economic News Remain Mixed
As federal spending cuts take effect and the stock market has reached record highs, the public continues to say they are hearing a mix of good and bad news about the economy.
After Fight Over CIA Director Ends, A Look at Public Opinion on Drones
The Senate on Thursday confirmed John Brennan to be the new director of the CIA after several senators took part in a filibuster focusing on the administration’s drone strategy. A majority of Americans support drone strikes against suspected terrorist targets abroad, but some (31%) express concerns are about the legality of the program.
Public Views GOP as Principled, But Out of Touch
While somewhat more say the Republican Party than the Democratic Party has strong principles, the GOP is viewed as too extreme and out of touch.
Most See Major Impact From Spending Cuts
The public is fatigued after a series of fiscal crises. Only a quarter are following the issue very closely.
Little Public Support for Cutting Most Programs
As the March 1 deadline for a possible budget sequester approaches, a new national survey finds limited public support for reducing spending for a range of specific programs, including defense, entitlements, education and health care.