Baxter Oliphant

Research Associate

Publications
U.S. PoliticsOctober 5, 2018

After 17 years of war in Afghanistan, more say U.S. has failed than succeeded in achieving its goals

About half of U.S. adults say the country’s mission in Afghanistan has mostly failed in achieving its goals, while about a third say it has mostly succeeded.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 28, 2018

10 years after the financial crisis, Americans are divided on security of U.S. economic system

The U.S. public is about evenly split on whether the U.S. economic system is more secure today than it was before the financial crisis. Republicans are now more likely to view the system as more secure.

Pew Research CenterJune 11, 2018

Public support for the death penalty ticks up

Public support for the death penalty, which reached a four-decade low in 2016, has increased somewhat since then. Since 2016, opinions among Republicans and Democrats have changed little, but the share of independents favoring the death penalty has increased 8 percentage points.

Pew Research CenterMarch 19, 2018

The Iraq War continues to divide the U.S. public, 15 years after it began

Fifteen years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, the American public is divided over whether using military force was the right decision.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 7, 2017

Women and men in both parties say sexual harassment allegations reflect ‘widespread problems in society’

Overall, two-thirds of Americans say recent reports of sexual harassment and assault reflect widespread problems in society.

U.S. PoliticsNovember 15, 2017

Prescription drug abuse increasingly seen as a major U.S. public health problem

Americans’ concerns about prescription drug abuse have risen over the past four years, with some of largest increases coming among well-educated adults.

October 12, 2017

Supporters of stricter gun laws are less likely to contact elected officials

About one-in-five U.S. gun owners say they have ever contacted a public official to express their opinion on gun policy, compared with 12% of non-gun owners.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 28, 2017

Views about whether whites benefit from societal advantages split sharply along racial and partisan lines

Issues of race have long divided Americans along racial and partisan lines, and these differences extend to views of whether white people in the U.S. benefit from advantages in society that black people do not have. A majority of Americans (56%) say that white people either benefit “a great deal” (26%) or “a fair amount” […]

U.S. PoliticsJune 23, 2017

Bipartisan support for some gun proposals, stark partisan divisions on many others

Republicans and Democrats find rare common ground on some gun policy proposals in the U.S., but there are sharp partisan differences on other issues.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 22, 2016

How Americans are talking about Trump’s election in 6 charts

More than a month after the presidential election, Donald Trump’s victory and his plans for the presidency remain a topic of conversation for most – but not all – Americans. With the holidays approaching, 39% of U.S. adults say their families avoid conversations about politics. Following one of the most divisive campaigns in recent memory, here […]