Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis

U.S. PoliticsApril 30, 2015

A Different Look at Generations and Partisanship

When it comes to partisanship, there are sizable variations within generations, as well as between them. The formative political experiences of the youngest and oldest of each generation can differ considerably.

U.S. PoliticsApril 28, 2015

What the Public Knows — In Pictures, Words, Maps and Graphs

The latest Pew Research Center News IQ survey finds that, nearly half a century after the death of Martin Luther King Jr., an overwhelming majority of Americans (91%) are able to identify the civil rights leader from his picture.

U.S. PoliticsApril 27, 2015

Public Views on U.S. Labor Unions

The share of wage and salary workers in the U.S. who belong to labor unions has fallen by about half since 1983. Americans express mixed views on the impact this long-term decline has had on the country.

U.S. PoliticsApril 22, 2015

Would Iran Deal Imperil Jews’ Loyalty to Democratic Party?

Republicans have become much stronger backers of Israel than Democrats over the years, yet American Jews have remained Democrats for the most part, writes Andrew Kohut.

U.S. PoliticsApril 20, 2015

Views of Supreme Court Little Changed as Major Rulings Loom

Public views of the Supreme Court are little changed since last summer, following the court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case and other end-of-term decisions.

U.S. PoliticsApril 16, 2015

Less Support for Death Penalty, Especially Among Democrats

A majority of Americans favor the death penalty for those convicted of murder, but support is at a 40-year low. Much of the decline in support since the mid-1990s has come among Democrats.

U.S. PoliticsApril 14, 2015

Why Americans Support or Oppose Legalizing Marijuana

Supporters of marijuana legalization cite its perceived health benefits, or see it as no more dangerous than other drugs. To opponents, it is a dangerous drug, one that inflicts damage on people and society more generally.

U.S. PoliticsApril 11, 2015

2016: An Unanchored, Puzzling Presidential Election

At this point, 2016 seems more puzzling and less defined than other modern era non-incumbent races, writes Andrew Kohut.

U.S. PoliticsApril 7, 2015

Sharp Differences in Party Affiliation

A new analysis of long-term trends in party affiliation finds wide demographic differences in the groups that identify as Republicans and Democrats. Meanwhile, the share of political independents is at a 75-year high.

U.S. PoliticsApril 2, 2015

Campaign 2016: Modest Interest, High Stakes

The 2016 presidential campaign is starting out with lower voter interest than at the same point in 2008. But there are already stark differences in how possible Democratic and Republican fields are shaping up.