Fact Tank Dec. 9, 2013

Study on twins suggests our political beliefs may be hard-wired

Everyone knows that our genes predispose us to be tall or short, blue-eyed blonds or brown-eyed brunettes, smart or not-so-smart. Now new research finds that, to a surprisingly large degree, our genes also shape our political beliefs and orientation.

Nov. 25, 2013

Study: Having daughters makes parents more likely to be Republican

Two sociologists have found that parents who have daughters are more inclined to support the GOP and turn a cold shoulder to Democrats.

Fact Tank Nov. 20, 2013

JFK’s America

The mood of America during the Kennedy years had few parallels with today’s modern era.

Fact Tank Nov. 19, 2013

In Cheney sisters’ feud, Republicans side with Liz

Former Vice President Dick Cheney waded into a public dispute between his daughters on Monday, highlighting the debate in the Republican party over same-sex marriage. The dispute began when daughter Liz Cheney, who is running for a Wyoming Senate seat, said she would not change her position on same-sex marriage despite her sister Mary’s marriage […]

Pew Research Center Nov. 8, 2013

Andrew Kohut: The GOP Is in Better Shape Than You Think

By Andrew Kohut Tucked away in recent polls—which have documented the extraordinary anger directed at the Republican Party during the shutdown crisis—are measures of clear disappointment with the Democratic Party. The disappointment is substantial, and it raises big questions about the 2014 midterms. The Republican Party’s favorable ratings fell substantially in most every national survey […]

Fact Tank Oct. 24, 2013

Tea Party Republicans have a love-hate relationship with government

Tea Party Republicans like some federal agencies as much as Democrats do.

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U.S. Politics Oct. 18, 2013

Public Trust in Government: 1958-2013

Explore public attitudes towards the federal government over time and compare the data with other key national indicators, such as consumer sentiment, the unemployment rate and changes within the elected leadership.

Fact Tank Oct. 16, 2013

Nearly 4-in-10 voters don’t want to see their own lawmaker re-elected

The share of voters who say they don’t want to see their own representative re-elected is high as it’s been in two decades.

Religion Oct. 1, 2013

A Portrait of Jewish Americans

American Jews overwhelmingly say they are proud to be Jewish and have a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish people, but their identity is also changing: 22% of American Jews now say they have no religion.

Fact Tank Sep. 30, 2013

The last government shutdown and now: a different environment

As the government faces its first shutdown since 1995-1996, the standoff between the Obama administration and Republicans over the federal budget is occurring in a different public opinion environment than when President Bill Clinton faced off with the GOP-controlled House.