Political Polarization in the American Public
Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan acrimony is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in recent history. And these trends manifest themselves in myriad ways, both in politics and in everyday life.
Doubts About Bergdahl Prisoner Exchange
The public has a more negative than positive view of the prisoner exchange that freed U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, but most think the U.S. has a responsibility to do all it can to free captive U.S. soldiers in general, regardless of the circumstances of their capture.
Congressional Service Less of an Asset for White House Hopefuls
A declining share of the public sees service in Congress, rather than as a governor, as better preparation for the White House. And more now say long service in D.C. would do more to decrease than increase the chances of them supporting a candidate.
Supreme Court Favorability Rebounds
Favorable views of the Supreme Court over time showing supreme court favorability are back above 50%, having rebounded from historic lows reached in the summer of 2013.
Midterm Election Indicators Daunting for Democrats
With the midterm elections six months away, 47% of registered voters support the Republican candidate in their district while 43% favor the Democrat. And more see their vote as a vote against President Obama than for him.
Public Divided on Prospects for Peaceful Two-State Solution
Amid the breakdown of peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, the public is divided over whether a way can be found for a peaceful two-state solution in the Middle East.
Americans Support Increased Sanctions against Russia
The public supports increased U.S. economic and diplomatic sanctions against Russia by a 53% to 36% margin. But most oppose military aid to Ukraine.
GOP Voters More Likely to See ACA as ‘Very Important’ to Their Midterm Vote
In looking ahead to this fall’s elections, Republicans are more likely than Democrats to view a candidate’s position on the Affordable Care Act as very important to their vote.
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.
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.