Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
America’s New Drug Policy Landscape
Two-thirds of Americans now say that the government should focus more on providing treatment for drug users, and 63% say states moving away from mandatory sentences for non-violent drug offenders is a good thing.
Democrats Face Challenges in This Year’s Midterm Elections
While Democrats are more popular than the GOP among the general public, the party faces a number of challenges in November, writes Andrew Kohut in the Wall Street Journal.
Concerns about Russia Rise, But Just a Quarter Call Moscow an Adversary
In the wake of Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region, public concern about Russia has increased, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.
Nearly Half of Public Says ‘Right Amount’ of Malaysian Jet Coverage
The public followed news about the missing Malaysia Airlines plane more closely than any other story last week. While the story has attracted extensive news coverage, most Americans do not feel there has been too much coverage of the missing jetliner.
Health Care Law Remains Unpopular
As the fourth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act approaches, the law remains unpopular and there continue to be deep partisan and demographic differences in views of the law. A majority of the law’s opponents, however, want politicians to do what they can to make it work.
Keystone XL Pipeline Divides Democrats
While Republicans and independents continue to favor constructing the Keystone XL pipeline, Democrats are divided. Opposition to the pipeline is most widespread among highly educated Democrats, liberals and Democrats with high family incomes.
Most Say U.S. Should ‘Not Get Too Involved’ in Ukraine Situation
As Russian troops remain in Ukraine’s Crimea region and Crimea’s Parliament has set up a secession vote, Americans prefer the U.S. to not get too involved in the situation.
Hillary Clinton Viewed as Tough, Honest
Hillary Clinton would bring a number of strengths to a potential 2016 presidential bid, from her tenure as secretary of state to her perceived toughness and honesty. But she is not widely seen as having new ideas.
Are the Democrats getting too liberal?
Andrew Kohut writes in the Washington Post that polarization is not a one-way street. While Republicans have become more conservative, Democrats have grown more liberal.
Americans Divided on Growing Number of Deportations
Immigration legislation is stalled in the House, but Americans still broadly support a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants. At the same time, they are divided over the growing number of deportations in recent years.