ReligionFebruary 12, 2016

What voters want in a president today, and how their views have changed

The presidential nomination contests are heating up and both parties’ 2016 fields have narrowed. And since it’s also Presidents Day weekend, it’s a good time to consider what voters want in a president, regardless of which candidate they may support.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 10, 2016

Most Americans say U.S. economic system is unfair, but high-income Republicans disagree

Is the U.S. economic system fair to most Americans, or is it “rigged” to favor the rich and powerful?

February 4, 2016

Most Americans Say Government Doesn’t Do Enough to Help Middle Class

As Americans begin casting the first ballots in the 2016 presidential election, neither political party is widely viewed as supportive of the middle class in this country.

ReligionFebruary 3, 2016

Republicans Prefer Blunt Talk About Islamic Extremism, Democrats Favor Caution

Half of Americans say the next president should be careful not to criticize Islam as a whole when speaking about Islamic extremists, while four-in-ten want the next president to speak bluntly about Islamic extremists even if the statements are critical of Islam as a whole.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 28, 2016

Partisan divide grows over value of Washington experience

With the first 2016 nomination contests at hand, a new survey underscores the extent to which Republicans have come to place less value on a presidential candidate’s prior experience in office – especially experience as a Washington official.

Media & NewsJanuary 27, 2016

The demographic trends shaping American politics in 2016 and beyond

In an era of head-snapping racial, social, cultural, economic, religious, gender, generational and technological change, Americans have been sorting themselves into think-alike communities that reflect not only their politics but their demographics.

ReligionJanuary 27, 2016

Faith and the 2016 Campaign

GOP contender Donald Trump is not widely viewed as religious, even among Republicans. And the share of Americans who say Hillary Clinton is not a religious person has risen sharply since she first ran for president eight years ago.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 5, 2016

5 facts about guns in the United States

Americans have shown broad and consistent support for expanded background checks for gun purchasers, but this has proven more contentious in practice than in principle. And the GOP holds a slight advantage over the Democratic Party in reflecting the public’s views about gun control.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 15, 2015

5 facts about Republicans and national security

When GOP presidential candidates meet in Las Vegas tonight for their sixth debate, terrorism, foreign policy and national security are expected to be major topics.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 11, 2015

Patriotic, honest and selfish: How Americans describe … Americans

Americans pull no punches when assessing the strengths and weaknesses of their fellow citizens.