Fact Tank Jan. 12, 2015

Will GOP-run Congress lead to more Obama vetoes? History suggests yes

Some political observers predict that Obama will be using his veto pen a lot more in his last two years in office than he did in the first six. Recent history indicates that presidents do veto more bills when both houses of Congress are controlled by the opposing party.

Fact Tank Jan. 8, 2015

Americans agree on trade: Good for the country, but not great for jobs

Trade is shaping up as a major issue on the 2015 legislative agenda, with Congressional leaders and Obama suggesting bilateral cooperation on U.S. trade agendas. Indeed, a Pew Research Center survey suggests such bipartisan efforts also could find public support.

Fact Tank Jan. 7, 2015

GOP Congress takes over amid public pessimism about an end to divisions

The new GOP-controlled Congress takes office at a time when the American public sees partisan rifts in the country getting worse.

Religion Jan. 5, 2015

Faith on the Hill

More than nine-in-ten members of the newly elected 114th Congress are Christian — a significantly higher share than is seen in the general population. However, many other major religious groups are represented in the body, including Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and the unaffiliated.

Fact Tank Dec. 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.

U.S. Politics Dec. 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 Tank Dec. 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.

U.S. Politics Nov. 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 Tank Nov. 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 Tank Nov. 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.