MethodsFebruary 16, 2017

A basic question when reading a poll: Does it include or exclude nonvoters?

Opinion polls in the U.S. can address the same topic yet reach very different results. There are several reasons this can happen, but we tackle one of the most basic: Did the poll include or exclude the 45% who didn’t vote in November?

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 16, 2017

More favor than oppose Gorsuch nomination to Supreme Court

A few weeks after Gorsuch’s nomination, 44% of Americans say they favor the Senate confirming him, while 32% are opposed; roughly a quarter offer no opinion.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 3, 2017

Young people less likely to view Iraqi, Syrian refugees as major threat to U.S.

In early January, 46% of the public said “a large number of refugees leaving countries such as Iraq and Syria” was a major threat to the well-being of America.

ReligionFebruary 3, 2017

Most Americans oppose churches choosing sides in elections

There has long been a consensus that churches should not endorse specific candidates for public office, and a current law known as the Johnson Amendment prohibits them from involvement in political campaigns.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 30, 2017

Most Americans see labor unions, corporations favorably

Americans’ views of both labor unions and business corporations have grown more positive since March 2015.

ReligionJanuary 26, 2017

5 facts about abortion

As the debate over abortion continues, here are five key facts about Americans’ views on the topic.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 26, 2017

Americans divided in views of use of torture in U.S. anti-terror efforts

Overall, 48% of Americans say there are some circumstances under which the use of torture is acceptable in U.S. anti-terrorism efforts.

January 13, 2017

Republicans more likely than Democrats to have confidence in police

Republicans and Democrats have vastly different opinions about how well police do their jobs and the realities of policing today.

Fact TankJanuary 6, 2017

Less than half the public views border wall as an important goal for U.S. immigration policy

Only 39% of Americans view building a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border as a very or somewhat important goal.

Fact TankJanuary 3, 2017

About seven-in-ten Americans oppose overturning Roe v. Wade

More than 40 years after the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, 69% of Americans say the historic ruling should not be completely overturned.