U.S. Politics Apr. 11, 2013

How Americans Feel About Doing Taxes

As April 15 approaches, a majority of Americans have a negative reaction to doing their income taxes, but about a third say they either like or love doing their taxes.

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U.S. Politics Apr. 11, 2013

How Do Americans Feel About Doing Their Taxes?

Most say they dislike – or even hate – doing their taxes, but about a third say they like it – or even love it. Click through the responses in this interactive to find out why.

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U.S. Politics Apr. 4, 2013

Public Opinion and Marijuana: Shifting Attitudes, Events and Laws

For the first time, more Americans now favor legalizing marijuana than those who oppose it, according to a new Pew Research report. Pew Research explores events that have taken place over the last 40 years and the states’ legal actions on marijuana use.

U.S. Politics Apr. 4, 2013

Majority Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana

For the first time in more than four decades of polling on the issue, a majority of Americans favors legalizing the use of marijuana.

U.S. Politics Apr. 2, 2013

Broad Support for Keystone XL Pipeline

Two-thirds of Americans (66%) favor building the pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada’s oil sands region through the Midwest to refineries in Texas.

U.S. Politics Mar. 21, 2013

Obama Job Approval Slips as Economic Pessimism Rises

Barack Obama’s job approval rating has tumbled since shortly after his re-election, as the public’s economic expectations for the coming year have soured.

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U.S. Politics Mar. 12, 2013

Gun Rights vs. Gun Control

The Pew Research Center has tracked shifting public opinion on gun rights and gun control over the past 20 years. Explore our polling data to discover how demographics influence public opinion on guns.

U.S. Politics Mar. 12, 2013

Why Own a Gun? Protection Is Now Top Reason

Far more gun owners today than in 1999 cite protection – rather than hunting or other activities – as the main reason they own guns. Among the majority of Americans who do not have guns, safety is a major concern.

U.S. Politics Mar. 7, 2013

After Fight Over CIA Director Ends, A Look at Public Opinion on Drones

The Senate on Thursday confirmed John Brennan to be the new director of the CIA after several senators took part in a filibuster focusing on the administration’s drone strategy. A majority of Americans support drone strikes against suspected terrorist targets abroad, but some (31%) express concerns are about the legality of the program.

Global Mar. 4, 2013

Will Budget Cuts Shrink the U.S. Global Role?

The forced budget cuts, known in Washington as sequestration, are now in force in the United States and $85 billion in spending cuts are in the process of being implemented, with about half of them coming out of Washington’s spending on international engagement.