Alec Tyson is a senior researcher at Pew Research Center. He is involved in all stages of the research process at the Center, including designing and management of survey projects, developing questionnaires, the analysis of polling data, writing reports and the presentation of survey results. He has served as an election night exit poll analyst for NPR news and is an active member of the American Association of Public Opinion Research.
America’s polarized views of Trump follow years of growing political partisanship
From the start of Trump’s presidency, Americans have been divided along partisan lines in their views of him. Our video aims to place views of him in context.
The 2018 midterm vote: Divisions by race, gender, education
There were wide differences in voting preferences between men and women, whites and nonwhites, as well as people with more and less educational attainment.
Republicans and Democrats are optimistic about the future of their parties as midterms near
Three-quarters of Republicans say they are optimistic about the future of the Republican Party. Democrats have a similarly bright outlook for their party.
Views of Mueller’s investigation – and Trump’s handling of the probe – turn more partisan
Americans’ views of Robert Mueller’s investigation – and Donald Trump’s handling of the matter – continue to grow more polarized.
Most Americans lack confidence in Trump to deal appropriately with Mueller probe
Just 41% of Americans say they are very or somewhat confident that Trump will handle matters related to the special counsel investigation appropriately. Republicans and Democrats offer starkly different assessments.
Disagreements about Trump widely seen as reflecting divides over ‘other values and goals’
Sizable shares of Americans say those with views different from their own about how Trump is handling his job also probably don’t share many other values.
Public backs legal status for immigrants brought to U.S. illegally as children, but not a bigger border wall
When the two policies are taken together, 54% of Americans both favor legal status for immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children and oppose expanding the border wall.
Americans are split on the principle of pre-emptive military force
Half of Americans say using military force against countries that may seriously threaten the U.S. – but have not attacked it – can often or sometimes be justified.
Americans generally positive about NAFTA, but most Republicans say it benefits Mexico more than U.S.
Most Americans say that NAFTA is good for the United States, and relatively few say that Mexico or Canada benefit more from the agreement than the U.S. does.
Americans divided in views of use of torture in U.S. anti-terror efforts
Overall, 48% of Americans say there are some circumstances under which the use of torture is acceptable in U.S. anti-terrorism efforts.