Twitter Reaction to Events Often at Odds with Overall Public Opinion
By Amy Mitchell and Paul Hitlin The reaction on Twitter to major political events and policy decisions often differs a great deal from public opinion as measured by surveys. This is the conclusion of a year-long Pew Research Center study that compared the results of national polls to the tone of tweets in response to […]
Public Views GOP as Principled, But Out of Touch
While somewhat more say the Republican Party than the Democratic Party has strong principles, the GOP is viewed as too extreme and out of touch.
State of the Union 2013 and Twitter
A Portrait of Second Generation Americans
A new analysis of the 20 million adult U.S- born children of immigrants finds they are substantially better off than immigrants themselves on key measures of socioeconomic attainment.
Majority Views Government as Threat to Personal Rights
For the first time, a majority of the public says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms.
Infographic: Public Opinion on Abortion and Roe v. Wade
Graphic showing the views on abortion and Roe v. Wade.
Public Attitudes Toward the Next Social Contract
The recent deliberations in Washington about the fiscal cliff have triggered a national debate in the United States about the nature, extent and future sustainability of key elements of the U.S. social safety net.
After Divisive Campaign, Public Sees Less Group Conflict
Despite a highly partisan election year, Americans now see less conflict between groups at center of key debates.
Ask the Expert: Factors Behind the Partisan Gap
Scott Keeter, Director of Survey Research, answers questions about the factors behind the growing partisan gap in American politics.
Preaching Politics From the Pulpit
During every election cycle, many churches and other religious groups find themselves wondering what role, if any, they can play in the political process. “Preaching Politics From the Pulpit” explains the IRS limits on political activity by nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations. An accompanying graphic shows that Americans continue to be wary of church involvement in partisan politics.