Fact TankDecember 29, 2014

In late spurt of activity, Congress avoids ‘least productive’ title

An unusually active lame duck session enabled the 113th Congress to avoid its predecessor’s record for legislative unproductivity.

Pew Research CenterDecember 11, 2014

Few See Quick Cure for Nation’s Political Divisions

The public is deeply pessimistic about the prospects for healing the nation’s political divisions. And most Americans think continued partisan gridlock would wreak significant damage on the country.

Fact TankDecember 2, 2014

How productive are lame duck Congresses?

Lame duck congressional sessions have become more common in recent years, but their actual legislative productivity has varied considerably.

Pew Research CenterNovember 12, 2014

Mixed Reactions to GOP Midterm Sweep

The public has mixed reactions to the GOP’s big midterm win: 48% say they are happy about the election outcome and as many approve as disapprove of Republican plans for the future. In addition, the public is divided over whether Obama or GOP leaders should take the lead solving problems.

Fact TankNovember 4, 2014

No matter how tight the race, midterm voter turnout likely to remain lackluster

If history is any guide, well under half of eligible voters will come out to vote in Tuesday’s midterms.

Fact TankNovember 3, 2014

For most voters, congressional elections offer little drama

Most eligible voters — typically 8-in-ten or more — live in House districts with little or no real competition between candidates and parties.

Pew Research CenterOctober 23, 2014

GOP Leads on Key Issues; Dems Have More Positive Image

The GOP has the advantage over Democrats on the economy, terrorism and the budget deficit. But Democrats are widely seen as more empathetic and willing to work with those across the aisle.

Fact TankSeptember 23, 2014

Congress still on track to be among least productive in recent history

The current Congress remains on pace to be one of the least legislatively productive in recent history.

Pew Research CenterSeptember 23, 2014

Both Parties Face Internal Criticism on Illegal Immigration

Older Republicans are especially critical of how the GOP has handled illegal immigration. Many Hispanic Democrats fault their party for being unwilling to allow legal status for people in the U.S. illegally.

Pew Research CenterSeptember 12, 2014

Wide Partisan Differences Over the Issues That Matter in 2014

Heading into the final weeks before the midterm elections, Republican and Democratic voters are split not only over their candidate preferences, but also about the importance of key issues in the election.