U.S. PoliticsSeptember 4, 2013

Most members of Congress have little direct military experience

Veterans make up a smaller share of Congress than at any time in the past five decades.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 26, 2013

Few See Adequate Limits on NSA Program

Most Americans say the government collects what is actually being said in phone calls and emails – and not just ‘metadata.’ Nevertheless, 50% approve of the surveillance program, while 44% disapprove.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 24, 2013

Supreme Court’s Favorability Edges Below 50%

The Supreme Court’s favorability rating has edged below 50% for the first time in nearly three decades of Pew Research Center polling. Currently, 48% have a favorable opinion of the court while 38% have an unfavorable opinion.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 23, 2013

Many Say Economic Recovery Long Way Off

Four years after the recession officially ended, the economic recovery remains a long way off in the view of many Americans. And opinions of economic conditions have slipped back to levels from earlier this year.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 22, 2013

The public’s predictions on immigration, gun control bills this year

There’s a pretty good chance that immigration legislation will become law this year. The prospects for enacting a gun control bill are not nearly as promising, according to the American public.

Fact TankJuly 17, 2013

Partisan polarization, in Congress and among public, is greater than ever

While the Senate appears to have reached a deal on executive-branch appointments that heads off a showdown over filibuster rules, the fact that the confrontation went as far as it did points up the increasingly polarized state of Congress. From immigration reform to food stamps to student loans, it almost seems as if congressional Republicans and Democrats inhabit […]

U.S. PoliticsJuly 1, 2013

Public Divided over Same-Sex Marriage Rulings

Most Americans are aware of the ruling and its implications.

Fact TankJune 28, 2013

5 facts about the U.S. Supreme Court

Phew, what a week for the U.S. Supreme Court. With major rulings on affirmative action, voting rights and same-sex marriage released this week, we rounded up  five facts about the court and its year of contentious cases and historic votes: Favorable opinions of the Supreme Court have fallen in recent years. In March, before the […]

Fact TankJune 28, 2013

Chart of the Week: Supreme Court justices — who agrees with whom?

It’s one thing to talk about voting blocs on the Supreme Court — four conservative justices, four moderate-to-liberal ones and Anthony Kennedy in between, swinging back and forth like a pendulum. It’s another to see the actual voting patterns at work.

ReligionJune 26, 2013

High Court Strikes Down DOMA but Leaves Fate of Proposition 8 Uncertain

The U.S. Supreme Court has handed down two landmark same-sex marriage rulings, one striking down a major provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the other leaving uncertain the fate of California’s Proposition 8.