Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Americans Skeptical of Iran Nuclear Deal
More Americans disapprove than approve of the deal struck last week by the U.S., Iran and five other nations to limit Iran’s nuclear program. Americans also have little confidence that Iran’s leaders will uphold their side of the agreement.
Support Grows for U.S. Ties With Cuba
In the U.S., support for restoring ties with Cuba rose across nearly all partisan groups, as the two countries moved this week to end more than 50 years of diplomatic conflict.
Record Support for Same-Sex Marriage
Public support for allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally continues its rapid rise: A 57% majority of Americans now favor allowing same-sex marriage, up from 42% just five years ago.
Public Views of Immigration
There is broad public support for a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants in the U.S. But other opinions on immigration, including views of legal immigration, are more mixed.
Public Continues to Back U.S. Drone Attacks
Americans continue to support U.S. drone strikes targeting extremists in countries such as Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, despite ongoing concerns that drone attacks endanger lives of innocent civilians.
Trade Agreements Seen as Good for U.S., But Concerns Persist
Majorities across income categories say free trade deals have been a positive thing for the U.S., but there are much wider income differences in opinions about the personal impact of these agreements.
Kohut: Why Less Competition Is Hurtful to Hillary
Hillary’s strategic problem is that, absent a strong Democratic challenger to duke it out with, questions about various Hillary controversies, her age and the “Bill factor” will hang there to be resolved in the general election against a Republican candidate who has been on the road addressing his or her own image weaknesses.
Negative Views of New Congress Cross Party Lines
The new Republican-led Congress is drawing harsh reviews from the public. Just 23% of Americans say congressional Republicans are keeping the promises they made during last fall’s campaign.
Early Views of the 2016 Presidential Field
The Republican field for 2016 is much more crowded than the Democratic field. But Republicans are more positive about their candidates now than at comparable points in the past two presidential campaigns.
Multiple Causes Seen for Baltimore Unrest
The public sees a number of contributing factors for the outbreak of violence and unrest in Baltimore last week, and most say it was the right decision to charge some Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.