Fact Tank Mar. 5, 2014

Public’s anti-incumbent mood hasn’t always predicted big electoral swings

Despite surveys showing anti-incumbent sentiments at or near all-time highs, most members of Congress appear to have little to worry about.

Fact Tank Feb. 25, 2014

House set to lose six centuries of experience as Dingell, other long-serving members retire

The spate of congressional retirement announcements may seem like a lot but is within historical norms. But the retirement of several long-serving members likely will further reduce overall experience levels in both the House and Senate,

Fact Tank Feb. 24, 2014

Just 28% of Republicans believe GOP advocates its principles well

A minority of Republicans believe that their party is doing a good job in standing up for its traditional positions of smaller government, tax-cutting and conservative social values.

Fact Tank Dec. 23, 2013

Congress ends least-productive year in recent history

Congress enacted 57 laws — just 49 of them substantive — in the first session of its two-year term, the smallest first-year legislative output in nearly two decades.

Fact Tank Nov. 13, 2013

Homeland Security is viewed favorably by Americans ahead of Jeh Johnson’s hearing

About two-thirds of Americans have a positive view of the Department of Homeland Security.

Fact Tank Nov. 6, 2013

5 facts about the U.S. Supreme Court’s public prayer case

Today, for the first time in 30 years, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider a constitutional challenge to the practice of legislative prayer. Here are five facts about the case.

Fact Tank Nov. 5, 2013

Only 1 in 7 House districts were competitive in 2012

In last year’s elections, winners won by at least 10 points in all but 62 of the 435 House districts.

Fact Tank Nov. 5, 2013

As Americans head to the polls, state and local governments viewed favorably

More than half of Americans express a favorable view of their state government.

Fact Tank Oct. 24, 2013

Tea Party Republicans have a love-hate relationship with government

Tea Party Republicans like some federal agencies as much as Democrats do.

U.S. Politics Oct. 22, 2013

Public Closely Tracks Shutdown Resolution

The public closely tracked the resolution to the government shutdown and increase in the debt limit, with nearly half (49%) saying they followed news very closely and 30% saying they followed news somewhat closely.