ScienceApril 20, 2017

For Earth Day, here’s how Americans view environmental issues

The 1970s were an important era for American environmentalism. Congress passed the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, President Richard Nixon established the Environmental Protection Agency, and the nation observed its first Earth Day – created by Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson – on April 22, 1970. Nearly a half century later, Earth Day has expanded […]

U.S. PoliticsApril 18, 2017

Many Americans haven’t heard of the House Freedom Caucus

About four-in-ten adults say they have heard “nothing at all” about the Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative Republican lawmakers in the House.

U.S. PoliticsApril 17, 2017

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.”

April 13, 2017

6 facts about the U.S. military and its changing demographics

The demographic makeup of the country’s active-duty force has changed over time, and those changes tend to reflect trends in the broader society.

April 11, 2017

U.S. private prison population has declined in recent years

In 2015, about 126,000 prisoners were held in privately operated facilities under the jurisdiction of 29 states and the federal Bureau of Prisons.

Internet & TechApril 10, 2017

Americans have mixed views on policies encouraging broadband adoption

As the FCC continues to address broadband infrastructure and access, Americans have mixed views on two policies designed to encourage broadband adoption.

Pew Research CenterApril 10, 2017

Immigration offenses make up a growing share of federal arrests

Federal law enforcement agencies are making more arrests for immigration-related offenses and fewer arrests for other types of offenses – including drug, property and gun crimes – than they were a decade ago.

U.S. PoliticsApril 6, 2017

Americans remain divided on how the Supreme Court should interpret the Constitution

The contentious Senate debate over Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court has cast a spotlight on deep partisan and ideological divisions in Congress – and in the public – over how the U.S. Supreme Court should interpret the Constitution when making its decisions.

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

March 28, 2017

Federal criminal prosecutions fall to lowest level in nearly two decades

Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against 77,152 defendants in fiscal year 2016. That’s a decline of 25% since fiscal 2011.