U.S. PoliticsJuly 20, 2016

In ‘political correctness’ debate, most Americans think too many people are easily offended

Six-in-ten (59%) Americans say “too many people are easily offended these days over the language that others use.” Fewer (39%) think “people need to be more careful about the language they use to avoid offending people with different backgrounds.”

U.S. PoliticsJuly 13, 2016

Is treatment of minorities a key election issue? Views differ by race, party

Clinton backers are nearly twice as likely as those who support Donald Trump to say the treatment of minorities is very important to their 2016 decision (79% vs. 42%).

GlobalJuly 12, 2016

In views of diversity, many Europeans are less positive than Americans

More than half in Greece (63%) and Italy (53%) say that growing diversity makes their countries a worse place to live. Roughly four-in-ten Hungarians (41%) and Poles (40%) agree.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 5, 2016

5 facts about America’s political independents

The share of independents in the U.S. stands at its highest point in more than 75 years of public opinion polling. However, a substantial majority of them have not fully declared their independence from the two major parties, with most saying they “lean” toward one or the other.

June 27, 2016

On Views of Race and Inequality, Blacks and Whites Are Worlds Apart

There are deep divisions between blacks and whites in how they see racial discrimination, barriers to black progress and prospects for change.

U.S. PoliticsJune 27, 2016

Partisanship in the U.S. isn’t just about politics, but how people see their neighbors

31% of Democrats and 27% of Republicans say it would be harder to get along with a new neighbor from the other party.

U.S. PoliticsJune 22, 2016

Partisanship and Political Animosity in 2016

The 2016 campaign is unfolding against a backdrop of intense partisan division and animosity. Partisans’ views of the opposing party are now more negative than at any point in nearly a quarter of a century.

Fact TankJune 16, 2016

In the age of big data, survey research will not only survive but thrive

The next frontier of public-opinion research is already visible in the “big data” revolution. Through the digital traces of our everyday activities, we are creating a massive volume of information that can tell us a lot about ourselves. Smart data science can identify patterns in our behaviors and interests. And in some domains, such as […]

U.S. PoliticsJune 2, 2016

More ‘warmth’ for Trump among GOP voters concerned by immigrants, diversity

Among the vast majority of GOP voters who think that the growing number of newcomers to the U.S. “threatens traditional American customs and values,” 59% have warm feelings toward Donald Trump – with 42% saying they feel very warmly toward him. By contrast, among the much smaller share of Republican voters (just 21%) who say […]

U.S. PoliticsMay 27, 2016

Mixed verdict from public on America’s global standing

At a time when Donald Trump is vowing to “make America great again,” Americans think the country already is pretty great – at least when compared with other nations. Our recent report on views of America’s Place in the World found that 72% think the United States is the world’s leading military power, while 54% say it is the top economic power.