U.S. PoliticsOctober 21, 2016

U.S. on track for fewest executions since 1991

With public support for the death penalty at its lowest point in more than four decades, the U.S. is on track for its fewest executions in a quarter century.

ScienceOctober 18, 2016

Most Americans trust the military and scientists to act in the public’s interest

Three-quarters or more of Americans are confident in the military, medical scientists and scientists in general to act in the best interests of the public. But fewer than half report similar confidence in the news media, business leaders and elected officials.

U.S. PoliticsOctober 12, 2016

Support for marijuana legalization continues to rise

Today, 57% of U.S. adults say use of marijuana should be made legal, while 37% say it should be illegal. A decade ago, opinion was nearly the reverse.

ScienceOctober 4, 2016

Conservative Republicans especially skeptical of climate scientists’ research and understanding

Amid wide partisan divides over climate issues, conservative Republicans are especially skeptical of climate scientists’ understanding and research.

U.S. PoliticsAugust 26, 2016

Gun Rights vs. Gun Control

Explore 20 years of data on public opinion about gun control vs. gun rights.

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.

U.S. PoliticsApril 13, 2016

High-income Americans pay most income taxes, but enough to be ‘fair’?

By design, wealthier Americans pay most of the nation’s total individual income taxes.

U.S. PoliticsApril 11, 2016

Among developed nations, Americans’ tax bills are below average

Data from the OECD indicate that the U.S. has some of the lowest income taxes and social-insurance taxes among developed nations.

U.S. PoliticsApril 6, 2016

The biggest U.S. tax breaks

The hundreds of exemptions, deductions and other breaks embedded in the tax code will cost the federal government more than $1.3 trillion this fiscal year.

GlobalMarch 10, 2016

American trade issues aren’t just about China

Americans have good reason to worry about competition from China, the country with which the U.S. has its largest merchandise trade deficit. But competition from high-value exporters such as Germany also poses a challenge that, so far, has been largely ignored on the campaign trail.