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?
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.
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.
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.
Most Americans see labor unions, corporations favorably
Americans’ views of both labor unions and business corporations have grown more positive since March 2015.
5 facts about abortion
As the debate over abortion continues, here are five key facts about Americans’ views on the topic.
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.
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.
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.
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.