Fact Tank Feb. 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 Center Jan. 27, 2014

Debt and Deficit: Key Data Points from Pew Research

Reducing the budget deficit has declined on the public’s agenda for the first time since President Obama first took office. Overall, 63% say reducing the budget deficit should be a top priority for Congress and the president this year, down from 72% a year ago, according to a survey conducted Jan. 15-19. Most of the […]

U.S. Politics Dec. 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.

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.

Fact Tank Oct. 18, 2013

Chart of the Week: The geography of the House’s conservative core

More than half of House Republicans who wanted to use the appropriations process to de-fund the Affordable Care Act are from the South.

Fact Tank Oct. 16, 2013

5 facts about Social Security

As Washington wrangles over the budget deadlock, a look at how Social Security works.

U.S. Politics Oct. 15, 2013

More Concern About the Debt Limit, But Skepticism Persists

Public concern over breaching the debt limit deadline has risen only slightly from a week ago. Among those who see no dire economic consequences from missing the Thursday deadline, most say there is no need to raise the debt limit at all.

Fact Tank Oct. 9, 2013

5 facts about the national debt: What you should know

Basic facts on the national debt: How big it is, who we owe it to, how much we pay in interest and more

U.S. Politics Oct. 7, 2013

Partisans Dug in on Budget Impasse

44% of Americans say that Republican leaders should agree to a budget deal without cuts or delays to the 2010 health care law, while 42% say it is Obama who should agree to cuts or delays in the law.

Fact Tank Oct. 2, 2013

On Twitter: Dueling views on the shutdown and Obamacare

Two separate, but related conversations have been prominent on Twitter—one about the government shutdown and the other about President Obama’s health care law, the landmark legislation at the heart of the Congressional impasse that triggered the shutdown.