ReligionFebruary 3, 2017

Most Americans oppose churches choosing sides in elections

There has long been a consensus that churches should not endorse specific candidates for public office, and a current law known as the Johnson Amendment prohibits them from involvement in political campaigns.

Fact TankJanuary 10, 2017

U.S. public sees Russian role in campaign hacking, but is divided over new sanctions

Among those aware of allegations, 72% say Russia was definitely or probably behind the hacks, versus 24% who think it was definitely or probably not.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 10, 2017

How America Changed During Barack Obama’s Presidency

Pew Research Center President Michael Dimock examines the changes – some profound, some subtle – that the U.S. experienced during Barack Obama’s presidency.

Fact TankDecember 20, 2016

Trump’s victory another example of how Electoral College wins are bigger than popular vote ones

For the fifth time in U.S. history, and the second time this century, a presidential candidate has won the White House while losing the popular vote.

Fact TankDecember 16, 2016

More voters will have access to non-English ballots in the next election cycle

New census data show that 263 counties, cities and other jurisdictions in 29 states will now be required to print election ballots in non-English languages.

Fact TankNovember 22, 2016

Among democracies, U.S. stands out in how it chooses its head of state

No other democratic nation fills its top job quite the way the U.S. does, and only a handful are even similar.

Fact TankNovember 8, 2016

On Election Day, most voters use electronic or optical-scan ballots

The great majority of Americans who vote on Election Day will use one of two basic technologies: “fill-in-the-bubble” and other optical-scan ballots, or touch-screen computers and other direct recording electronic systems.

GlobalOctober 31, 2016

U.S. electoral system ranks high – but not highest – in global comparisons

Though many Americans say they’re concerned about possible election fraud, the U.S. electoral system generally ranks high in cross-national comparisons.

U.S. PoliticsOctober 27, 2016

As Election Nears, Voters Divided Over Democracy and ‘Respect’

As the presidential campaign enters its final days, opinions about American democracy and the candidates’ respect for democratic institutions – as well their respect for women, minorities and other groups in society– have emerged as political flashpoints.

Fact TankOctober 17, 2016

Putting post-debate ‘flash polls’ into perspective

In the aftermath of presidential debates, there is intense interest in gauging “who won.” How can we know the answer to that question?