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.

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.

ReligionMarch 21, 2017

Majority of states have all-Christian congressional delegations

The vast majority of the nation’s federal lawmakers (91%) describe themselves as Christians, compared with 71% of U.S. adults who say the same.

March 20, 2017

Despite gains, women remain underrepresented among U.S. political and business leaders

One hundred years after Jeannette Rankin became the first female member of the U.S. Congress, women remain underrepresented in political and business leadership.

U.S. PoliticsMarch 20, 2017

What backgrounds do U.S. Supreme Court justices have?

When President Donald Trump nominated federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death last year of Justice Antonin Scalia, he chose a candidate whose professional background is very much in line with previous and current justices.

GlobalMarch 14, 2017

In Trump presidency, nearly 2,500 refugees have entered U.S. from six travel-restricted countries

The number of refugees from the six travel-restricted countries represents 32% of all refugees who have entered the U.S. since Trump took office.

U.S. PoliticsMarch 2, 2017

Public remains divided over role of government in financial regulation

As Donald Trump and congressional Republicans take steps to roll back Obama-era financial regulations, the public remains divided over whether regulations of financial institutions have gone too far or not gone far enough.

March 1, 2017

Most violent and property crimes in the U.S. go unsolved

In 2015, 47% of the violent crimes and 35% of the property crimes tracked by the Bureau of Justice Statistics were reported to police.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 23, 2017

For members of 114th Congress, partisan criticism ruled on Facebook

Facebook posts from members of the 114th Congress attracted more attention when they contained disagreement with the opposing party than when they expressed bipartisanship, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of over 100,000 posts.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 23, 2017

Partisan Conflict and Congressional Outreach

A new Pew Research Center analysis of more than 200,000 press releases and Facebook posts from the official accounts of members of the 114th Congress uses methods from the emerging field of computational social science to quantify how often legislators themselves “go negative” in their outreach to the public.