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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Patriotic, honest and selfish: How Americans describe … Americans
Americans pull no punches when assessing the strengths and weaknesses of their fellow citizens.
Republicans divided by income over government’s role in ‘safety net’ issues
There are stark socioeconomic differences within the GOP when it comes to issues like poverty, health care and education.
In politics, most Americans feel they’re on the losing side
It could be a sign of the times – or something more lasting – but far more Americans today feel like their side is losing more often than winning in politics.
Public Trust in Government: 1958-2015
Public trust in the government remains near historic lows. Only 19% of Americans today say they can trust the government in Washington to do what is right “just about always” (3%) or “most of the time” (16%).
5 facts about Republicans
Republican voters give the current field of presidential candidates higher ratings than at comparable times in the past two nomination contests.