U.S. PoliticsApril 4, 2017

What does the federal government spend your tax dollars on? Social insurance programs, mostly

From Social Security to national parks, a look at long-range trends in federal outlays relative to the U.S. economy

U.S. PoliticsMarch 23, 2017

Many lower-income Republicans see ensuring health coverage for all as a government responsibility

Lower-income Republicans are somewhat more likely than higher-income Republicans to support the Affordable Care Act, and many say ensuring health care coverage for all is a government responsibility.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 13, 2017

More Americans say government should ensure health care coverage

As the debate continues over repeal of the Affordable Care Act and what might replace it, a growing share of Americans believe that the federal government has a responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage.

Fact TankApril 18, 2014

Generational equity and the ‘Next America’

A few critics have portrayed our report as an effort to foment a “generational war” over Social Security and Medicare. Let me respond.

Fact TankMarch 7, 2014

6 new findings about Millennials

Key takeaways from the Pew Research Center survey, “Millennials in Adulthood.”

Pew Research CenterDecember 19, 2013

Public Resists Entitlement Cuts in Deficit Debate

Majorities of Americans say it is more important to maintain spending on Social Security and Medicare and programs to help the poor than to take steps to reduce the budget deficit.

Fact TankJuly 12, 2013

The politics and demographics of food stamp recipients

The House on July 11 passed a farm bill stripped of funding for food stamps. A Pew Research survey last year found about one-in-five (22%) of Democrats say they had received food stamps compared with 10% of Republicans.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 22, 2013

Little Public Support for Cutting Most Programs

As the March 1 deadline for a possible budget sequester approaches, a new national survey finds limited public support for reducing spending for a range of specific programs, including defense, entitlements, education and health care.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 22, 2013

Obama’s Second Term Goals and Public Opinion

President Obama on Monday laid out his second term priorities, naming a range of issues: the social safety net, entitlement programs, income inequality, climate change, gay rights and immigration reform. Here is what our surveys have found about public opinion on these topics.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 15, 2013

Public Attitudes Toward the Next Social Contract

The recent deliberations in Washington about the fiscal cliff have triggered a national debate in the United States about the nature, extent and future sustainability of key elements of the U.S. social safety net.