U.S. Politics Feb. 28, 2014

Are the Democrats getting too liberal?

Andrew Kohut writes in the Washington Post that polarization is not a one-way street. While Republicans have become more conservative, Democrats have grown more liberal.

Fact Tank Feb. 24, 2014

Just 28% of Republicans believe GOP advocates its principles well

A minority of Republicans believe that their party is doing a good job in standing up for its traditional positions of smaller government, tax-cutting and conservative social values.

Fact Tank Jan. 29, 2014

Inequality, poverty divide Republicans more than Democrats

There are wide gaps between conservative and centrist Republicans on whether the government should do something to reduce poverty and inequality.

U.S. Politics Jan. 27, 2014

Deficit Declines as Top Policy Priority

Reducing the budget deficit has declined as a top public priority since last year, due to a dramatic shift in views among Democrats. The public’s highest priorities for 2014 are the economy, jobs and terrorism.

U.S. Politics Jan. 23, 2014

Most See Inequality Growing, but Partisans Differ over Solutions

There is broad public agreement that economic inequality has grown over the past decade, but there are wide partisan differences over how much the government should – and can – do to address these issues.

Pew Research Center Jan. 7, 2014

Will Obama drag down Hillary in 2016?

While Hillary Clinton had to contend with “Clinton fatigue” in her 2008 race for president, “Obama fatigue” is her potential stumbling block this time.

Fact Tank Jan. 3, 2014

Republicans’ views on evolution

Significantly fewer Republicans believe in evolution than did so four years ago, setting them apart from Democrats and independents. But behind this finding is a puzzle: If the views of the overall public have remained steady, and there has been little change among people of other political affiliations, how do you account for the Republican numbers? An explainer.

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.