Global Jan. 15, 2013

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.

Jan. 10, 2013

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.

Pew Research Center Oct. 16, 2012

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.

Religion Oct. 2, 2012

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.

Sep. 20, 2012

Where the Public Stands on Government Assistance, Taxes and the Presidential Candidates

When the national conversation focuses on class, the social safety net and the distribution of wealth as it has in the past week, the public sees clear differences between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and Obama has an overall advantage.

U.S. Politics Sep. 17, 2012

Dividing People into ’Liberals,’ ’Moderates’ and ’Conservatives’ – Too Simplistic?

Assessing the value of using the labels “moderate,” “liberal” and “conservative” to describe the electorate.

U.S. Politics Sep. 11, 2012

Record Partisan Gap in Views of Economic News

Just 15% of Democrats say recent economic news is mostly bad, down from 31% a month ago and among the lowest percentages over the last four years. Six-in-ten Republicans (60%) say news about the economy is mostly bad, as do 36% of independents.

U.S. Politics Jul. 31, 2012

Two-Thirds of Democrats Now Support Gay Marriage

Reports that the Democratic Party may add support for gay marriage to its party platform are in keeping with a significant shift of opinion on this issue among Democrats nationwide. A new report finds that support for same-sex marriage among Democrats has jumped from 50% in 2008 to 65% today.

Religion Jul. 19, 2012

Asian Americans and Religion

As their numbers rise, Asian Americans have been largely responsible for the growth of non-Abrahamic faiths in the U.S., particularly Buddhism and Hinduism. At the same time, most Asian Americans belong to the country’s two largest religious groups: Christians and people who say they have no particular religious affiliation.

Media & News Jun. 19, 2012

Health Care News Coverage Wanes; Opponents Won the ’Messaging’ War

Health care reform largely disappeared as a subject in the American news media as it wended its way through the legal system to the Supreme Court. But during the the political battle over the legislation, opponents of the reform won the so-called “messaging war” in the coverage.