Can a president control gas prices? Depends on when you ask
Can a president control gas prices? The answer depends on whether you ask a Republican or a Democrat — and which party occupies the White House.
U.S. seen as respecting the personal freedoms of its people, as China lags behind
America’s image remains more positive than China’s around the world, especially when it comes to how global publics perceive each government’s treatment of its own people.
5 Facts about Republicans and immigration
The immigration bill approved by the Senate now goes to the Republican-controlled House. Here’s a look at public opinion among Republicans on the issues involved.
Political views can drive wrong poll answers, unless there’s money involved
Do one’s political leanings blind people to the facts? Judging from decades of polling, the answer is sometimes yes—partisanship appears to lead some people to claim as facts things that aren’t particularly factual.
A new nationally-representative survey of 1,197 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults finds that the overwhelming share say society has become more accepting of them in the past decade, but about half say there is still a lot of discrimination.
Iranians’ Views Mixed on Political Role for Religious Figures
As Iranians prepare to elect a new president on June 14, just 40% of them think religious figures should play a large role in politics.
New Background Check Bill Favored, Prospects in Doubt
Nearly three-quarters of Americans say that if the Senate background checks bill is reintroduced, Congress should pass it. But even gun control advocates are pessimistic about the bill’s chances.
Obama Has Approval Advantage, But GOP Runs Even on Issues
Despite GOP leaders’ poor job ratings, the Republican Party runs about even with the Democrats on leading issues such as the economy, immigration and gun control.
Resilient American Values
Optimism in an Era of Growing Inequality and Economic Difficulty Despite an extended period of economic difficulty, Pew Research Center pollsters Andrew Kohut and Michael Dimock show that Americans’ core values and beliefs about economic opportunity, and the nation’s economic outlook, remain largely optimistic and unchanged. There is also little evidence that economic class is […]
Mexicans see less progress on drug war; split on Peña Nieto
Among the topics likely to come up during President Obama’s trip to Mexico is the nature and extent of the two countries’ cooperation in fighting Mexico’s drug-smuggling cartels. Under former President Felipe Calderón, the United States greatly expanded its role in Mexico, primarily through an agreement called the Merida Initiative (which also includes Central American nations). The […]