Economy: Pew Research Center Key Data Points
Strengthening the nation’s economy and improving the job situation have remained the public’s two top priorities for the White House and Congress.
Most Expect Future ‘Acts of Terrorism’
The Boston Marathon bombings last week attracted broad public interest, with 63% of Americans saying they followed the news very closely. The incident appeared to confirm the public’s long-held belief that occasional terrorist acts are to be expected.
Public’s Science Knowledge Varies Widely
The public’s knowledge of science and technology varies widely across a range of questions on current topics and basic scientific concepts, according to a new quiz by the Pew Research Center and Smithsonian magazine.
Views of Government: Key Data Points
Public confidence of government has fallen in recent years, and many Americans favor a smaller government providing fewer services, according to Pew Research Center surveys.
Widening Gap in Views of Federal, State and Local Governments
Favorability ratings for different levels of government have diverged over the past decade as public views of the federal government have fallen to new lows.
How Americans Feel About Doing Taxes
As April 15 approaches, a majority of Americans have a negative reaction to doing their income taxes, but about a third say they either like or love doing their taxes.
Public Divided over North Korea’s Intentions, Capability
While the public is divided over whether North Korea is willing and capable of following through on its threats against the United States, most Americans say the U.S. should take the threats very seriously.
Gun Debate Tops Public Interest
The public is paying far closer attention to news about the gun control debate than news about threats from North Korea or the debate over immigration policy.
Majority Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana
For the first time in more than four decades of polling on the issue, a majority of Americans favors legalizing the use of marijuana.
Climate Change: Key Data Points from Pew Research
In his inaugural and State of the Union addresses, President Obama spoke of the need to deal with climate change in his second term, but the American public routinely ranks dealing with global warming low on its list of priorities for the president and Congress. This year, it ranks at the bottom of the 21 [...]