Campaign 2016: Modest Interest, High Stakes
The 2016 presidential campaign is starting out with lower voter interest than at the same point in 2008. But there are already stark differences in how possible Democratic and Republican fields are shaping up.
Dems Have More Positive Image, But GOP Runs Even or Ahead on Key Issues
While majorities say the Democratic Party is open and tolerant, the Republican Party runs even with them on the economy and immigration and holds double-digit leads over the Democrats on terrorism, foreign policy and taxes.
National Academies: Census survey data should be more user-friendly
The bureau should be paying more attention to the needs and opinions of the people and organizations that use its data, according to a recent report.
NASA popularity still sky-high
NASA continues to be very popular among the public, with four times as many Americans holding a favorable view of the space agency as unfavorable (68% vs. 17%).
2015 is shaping up to be a significant year for religion at the Supreme Court
Here’s a rundown of the Supreme Court’s busy docket, which includes cases on the ACA’s contraception mandate, religion in the workplace, same-sex marriage and the death penalty.
Despite progress, U.S. still lags many nations in women leaders
Women now make up 20% of Congress, a record high. But women have more representation in most countries’ national legislatures.
House Catholics are trending Republican
More House Republicans in the new, 114th Congress identify as Catholic than in any other recent Congress, and they now outnumber Catholic Democrats in the House.
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.
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.
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.