5 facts about the national debt
As of July 31, the federal government’s total debt stands at $19.845 trillion. Read a primer on the U.S. national debt, the debt limit and interest payments on the nation’s credit line.
More than half of new green cards go to people already living in the U.S.
About a million immigrants receive U.S. green cards each year, but fewer than half are new arrivals from other countries. The majority already live in the United States on temporary visas.
Bipartisan support for some gun proposals, stark partisan divisions on many others
Republicans and Democrats find rare common ground on some gun policy proposals in the U.S., but there are sharp partisan differences on other issues.
Gun Rights vs. Gun Control
Explore 20 years of data on public opinion about gun control vs. gun rights.
Tepid support for democracy among both young and old in Central and Eastern Europe
The generation of Central and Eastern Europeans raised after the fall of the Berlin Wall differs little in its political outlook from earlier generations.
Few Americans support cuts to most government programs, including Medicaid
Americans tend not to favor budget cuts when asked about specific areas being affected, including Medicaid.
Views of NAFTA less positive – and more partisan – in U.S. than in Canada and Mexico
While North American Free Trade Agreement enjoys wide support from Canadians and Mexicans, it is viewed less favorably in the United States.
Democrats far more supportive than Republicans of federal spending for scientific research
Six-in-ten Democrats back increased federal spending for scientific research, compared with one third of Republicans.
Public Dissatisfaction With Washington Weighs on the GOP
While the party retains its advantage over the Democrats on handling terrorism, it has lost ground on immigration and foreign policy, and 68% of the public sees the Republican Party as “mostly divided.”
Top Frustrations With Tax System: Sense That Corporations, Wealthy Don’t Pay Fair Share
A majority of Americans now view the federal tax system as unfair, including similar shares of Republicans and Democrats. But partisans differ in their concerns about the tax system.