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U.S. Politics Nov. 23, 2015

Public Trust in Government: 1958-2015

Public trust in the government remains near historic lows. Only 19% of Americans today say they can trust the government in Washington to do what is right “just about always” (3%) or “most of the time” (16%).

Fact Tank Oct. 28, 2015

Where Republicans are united, divided on the economy

Here is a profile of Republicans’ views of the economy and economic policy, based on our surveys.

Fact Tank Oct. 22, 2015

Freedom Caucus districts look much like other GOP-held districts

The attitudes of Republicans living in House Freedom Caucus members’ districts look very similar to those in other Republican-represented districts.

Fact Tank Oct. 20, 2015

What is the House Freedom Caucus, and who’s in it?

We’ve confirmed the identities of 36 members of the caucus, and they are among the most conservative and recently elected of Republican representatives.

Fact Tank Oct. 6, 2015

GOP speaker hopefuls have served far less time in House than predecessors

Long years of service have been the norm for past speakers, most of whom had accumulated twice as much time in the House as today’s candidates before wielding the gavel.

U.S. Politics Sep. 28, 2015

Most Say Budget Deal Must Include Planned Parenthood Funding

Six-in-ten Americans say any budget deal must maintain funding for the organization. More would blame Republicans (40%) than Democrats (26%) if no deal is reached and the government shuts down.

Fact Tank Sep. 25, 2015

Republicans turned against Boehner, leaders after GOP’s big 2014 victory

Republicans’ frustration with House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders has risen sharply this year. Now, Boehner has become the latest casualty.

Fact Tank Sep. 23, 2015

Fewer immigrants in Congress today than in years past

Members of Congress today are less likely to be immigrants, especially compared with other periods of history when surges of new arrivals occurred, a new analysis by the Pew Research Center finds.

Fact Tank Aug. 31, 2015

Current Congress is looking a little more productive – so far

Legislative productivity may be on an upswing, as lawmakers enacted more bills before their August break than either of the two preceding Congresses.

Fact Tank Aug. 27, 2015

Remembering Katrina: Wide racial divide over government’s response

Ten years ago this weekend, Hurricane Katrina roared ashore on the Gulf Coast, killing more than 1,000 people. From the start, the tragedy had a powerful racial component – images of poor, mostly black New Orleans residents stranded on rooftops and crowded amid fetid conditions in what was then the Louisiana Superdome.