U.S. PoliticsApril 4, 2017

What does the federal government spend your tax dollars on? Social insurance programs, mostly

From Social Security to national parks, a look at long-range trends in federal outlays relative to the U.S. economy

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 10, 2017

How America Changed During Barack Obama’s Presidency

Pew Research Center President Michael Dimock examines the changes – some profound, some subtle – that the U.S. experienced during Barack Obama’s presidency.

Fact TankFebruary 24, 2016

For 2020, Census Bureau plans to trade paper responses for digital ones

The 2020 census could be the first in which most Americans are counted over the internet.

Fact TankAugust 18, 2015

5 facts about Social Security

Social Security has developed into one of the most popular federal programs, though that popularity is tempered by concern over its long-term financial outlook.

Pew Research CenterJuly 23, 2015

An Elaboration of AAAS Scientists’ Views

This report provides a deeper examination of views about key science topics by members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Fact TankFebruary 3, 2015

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%).

Fact TankJanuary 28, 2015

Budget deficit dropping, but public still concerned

While the $467.5 billion deficit projection for fiscal 2015 is the lowest since 2007, the nonpartisan agency predicts higher deficits in the years to come. Meanwhile, the public’s concerns about reducing the deficit have varied over the past two decades, according to the Pew Research Center’s annual policy priorities surveys.

Fact TankFebruary 24, 2014

Plurality of Americans support current level of defense spending

A plurality of Americans say defense spending should be kept at current levels.

Pew Research CenterDecember 19, 2013

Public Resists Entitlement Cuts in Deficit Debate

Majorities of Americans say it is more important to maintain spending on Social Security and Medicare and programs to help the poor than to take steps to reduce the budget deficit.

Pew Research CenterOctober 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.