Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Majority Views Government as Threat to Personal Rights
For the first time, a majority of the public says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms.
Broad Support for Combat Roles for Women
Two-thirds of Americans support allowing women in the military to serve in combat roles and nearly half say the new policy will not alter military effectiveness.
Deficit Reduction Rises on Public’s Agenda
As Barack Obama begins his second term, only the economy and jobs are viewed as more important priorities than deficit reduction for the coming year.
Mixed Reactions to Obama’s Gun Proposals
The public is closely tracking the debate: 43% followed news about the proposals very closely and 29% followed fairly closely.
Obama in Strong Position as He Begins Second Term
More Americans say Obama is trustworthy, a strong leader and someone who stands up for his beliefs; 52% approve of the job he is doing and 59% have a favorable opinion of him.
In Gun Control Debate, Several Options Draw Majority Support
There are clear areas of agreement when it comes to a number of gun policy proposals like background checks for gun sales. But there are big partisan divides on others.
As Hagel Fight Begins, Wide Partisan Differences in Support for Israel
For decades, the public has sympathized more with Israel than the Palestinians in the Middle East conflict. However, the partisan gap in sympathies, while little changed in recent years, is as large as it has been in more than three decades of polling.
Obama Viewed as Fiscal Cliff Victor; Legislation Gets Lukewarm Reception
Barack Obama is viewed as the clear political winner in the fiscal cliff negotiations. But about as many Americans disapprove as approve of the new tax legislation.
Hillary Clinton’s Career of Comebacks
With the choice of John Kerry to succeed her, Hillary Clinton prepares to step down as Secretary of State after a political career in which she has been the comeback kid.
Election, Tragedies Dominate 2012 News
The public’s news interests were very much focused on domestic developments this year, with the election outcome, last week’s horrific school shooting and Hurricane Sandy leading the list of the top stories of 2012.