U.S. PoliticsAugust 29, 2016

This may be the last presidential election dominated by Boomers and prior generations

Recent presidential elections have been dominated by voters from the Baby Boom and previous generations. That may change this November.

U.S. PoliticsAugust 23, 2016

Partisans see opposing party as more ideological than their own

Political parties’ ideological stances are in the eye of the beholder: Republicans and Democrats see the opposite party as more ideologically extreme than their own.

U.S. PoliticsAugust 19, 2016

Trump supporters far less confident than Clinton backers that votes will be counted accurately

Just 11% of Trump supporters are highly confident that votes across the country will be accurately counted.

U.S. PoliticsAugust 16, 2016

In both parties, men and women differ over whether women still face obstacles to progress

Just over half of Americans (53%) say there are “still significant obstacles that make it harder for women to get ahead than men,” while somewhat fewer (45%) say “the obstacles that once made it harder for women than men to get ahead are now largely gone.”

U.S. PoliticsAugust 15, 2016

In debates, voters want to hear most about terrorism and the economy

Given the chance to decide how much time is spent on each of 10 specific issues, voters would allocate more time to discussions of the candidates’ plans on keeping the U.S. safe from terrorism and on economic growth and much less time to discussion of abortion policy.

ReligionAugust 8, 2016

Many Americans Hear Politics From the Pulpit

As the political season transitioned from the primaries to the general election campaign, many American churchgoers were hearing at least some discussion of social and political issues from the pulpits at their houses of worship.

U.S. PoliticsAugust 4, 2016

Few Clinton or Trump Supporters Have Close Friends in the Other Camp

In an increasingly contentious presidential campaign, just a quarter of voters who support Donald Trump in the general election say they have a lot or some close friends who are supporters of Hillary Clinton. Even fewer Clinton backers (18%) say they have at least some friends who support Trump.

MethodsAugust 1, 2016

Flashpoints in Polling

Many people wonder: Can polls be trusted? The following essay contains a big-picture review of the state of polling, organized around a number of key areas.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 28, 2016

A closer look at the gender gap in presidential voting

In the 1972 and 1976 elections, there was no difference in candidate support between men and women. But over the last nine presidential elections, women have consistently voted for Democratic presidential candidates at higher rates than men.