U.S. Politics Dec. 18, 2014

Despite Energy Boom, Little Change in Views of Energy Policies

Americans are becoming more aware of the domestic energy boom and the recent drop in gas prices. Yet, views of energy policies have changed only modestly since 2011.

Fact Tank Nov. 8, 2014

With 41% of global wealth in the hands of less than 1%, elites and citizens agree inequality is a top priority

People with a net worth of more than $1 million represent just 0.7% of the global population, but they have 41% of the world’s wealth. Meanwhile, those with a net worth of less than $10,000 represent 69% of the population, but just 3% of global wealth.

Fact Tank Nov. 7, 2014

Why can’t we all get along? Challenges ahead for bipartisan cooperation

President Obama meets Friday with Republican leaders after their election day victories to talk about cooperation on key issues. We review the public opinion challenges facing both parties in any quest for bipartisanship.

Fact Tank Nov. 5, 2014

6 facts about marijuana

A new Pew Research Center survey on the nation’s drug policies found a continued support for legalizing marijuana. These are six key facts on views about the issue.

Fact Tank Oct. 20, 2014

Debate over inequality highlights sharp partisan divisions on the issue

Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen addressed the issue of inequality in a speech last week, an issue on which there is a sharp partisan divide.

U.S. Politics Sep. 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.

Global Sep. 16, 2014

Mixed Views on Trade, Foreign Investment

Developing countries provide the strongest support for international trade and foreign investment, while people in many advanced economies are skeptical. Americans are among the least likely to hold a positive view of the impact of trade on jobs and wages.

Fact Tank Sep. 16, 2014

Most of the world supports globalization in theory, but many question it in practice

People across the globe are of two minds about globalization: in principle, most believe it’s good for their country; in practice many – especially those in advanced economies – are not so sure it’s good for them personally.

Fact Tank Aug. 29, 2014

For Labor Day, a look at the state of underemployment

Although the official unemployment rate was down to 6.2% in July, many economists and other analysts have concluded that that measure doesn’t fully capture what’s happened to the U.S. economy since the Great Recession officially ended in the summer of 2009.

U.S. Politics Jun. 12, 2014

Political Polarization in the American Public

Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan acrimony is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in recent history. And these trends manifest themselves in myriad ways, both in politics and in everyday life.