U.S. Politics Jan. 22, 2015

How Americans View Government Agencies

The public continues to express positive views of many agencies of the federal government, even though overall trust in government is near historic lows.

U.S. Politics Jan. 14, 2015

Obama’s Job Rating Ticks Higher

President Obama enters the seventh year of his presidency with a 47% approval rating, up five points since December. Meanwhile, the public’s views of the U.S. economy have steadily improved.

Fact Tank Jan. 14, 2015

Women have long history in Congress, but until recently there haven’t been many

A record 108 women are serving in the new House and Senate, but that’s still only a fifth of the total membership.

Jan. 12, 2015

114th Congress is most diverse ever

Almost one-in-five members of the House and Senate are a racial or ethnic minority, making the 114th Congress the most diverse in history. However, Congress remains disproportionately white when compared with the U.S. population, which has grown increasingly diverse in recent decades.

Fact Tank Jan. 12, 2015

Will GOP-run Congress lead to more Obama vetoes? History suggests yes

Some political observers predict that Obama will be using his veto pen a lot more in his last two years in office than he did in the first six. Recent history indicates that presidents do veto more bills when both houses of Congress are controlled by the opposing party.

Fact Tank Jan. 8, 2015

Americans agree on trade: Good for the country, but not great for jobs

Trade is shaping up as a major issue on the 2015 legislative agenda, with Congressional leaders and Obama suggesting bilateral cooperation on U.S. trade agendas. Indeed, a Pew Research Center survey suggests such bipartisan efforts also could find public support.

Fact Tank Jan. 7, 2015

GOP Congress takes over amid public pessimism about an end to divisions

The new GOP-controlled Congress takes office at a time when the American public sees partisan rifts in the country getting worse.

Religion Jan. 5, 2015

Faith on the Hill

More than nine-in-ten members of the newly elected 114th Congress are Christian — a significantly higher share than is seen in the general population. However, many other major religious groups are represented in the body, including Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and the unaffiliated.

Fact Tank Dec. 29, 2014

In late spurt of activity, Congress avoids ‘least productive’ title

An unusually active lame duck session enabled the 113th Congress to avoid its predecessor’s record for legislative unproductivity.

U.S. Politics Dec. 15, 2014

Half See CIA Interrogation Methods as Justified

Following the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on post-9/11 CIA interrogation practices, 51% of Americans say these CIA methods were justified, compared with 29% who say they were not.