ScienceApril 20, 2017

For Earth Day, here’s how Americans view environmental issues

The 1970s were an important era for American environmentalism. Congress passed the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, President Richard Nixon established the Environmental Protection Agency, and the nation observed its first Earth Day – created by Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson – on April 22, 1970. Nearly a half century later, Earth Day has expanded […]

U.S. PoliticsApril 17, 2017

Public Dissatisfaction With Washington Weighs on the GOP

While the party retains its advantage over the Democrats on handling terrorism, it has lost ground on immigration and foreign policy, and 68% of the public sees the Republican Party as “mostly divided.”

U.S. PoliticsMarch 8, 2017

In Republicans’ views of a border wall, proximity to Mexico matters

Republicans who live closer to the U.S.-Mexico border are less supportive of the wall than are those who live farther away.

U.S. PoliticsMarch 2, 2017

Public remains divided over role of government in financial regulation

As Donald Trump and congressional Republicans take steps to roll back Obama-era financial regulations, the public remains divided over whether regulations of financial institutions have gone too far or not gone far enough.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 24, 2017

Most Americans continue to oppose U.S. border wall, doubt Mexico would pay for it

More Americans continue to oppose than favor building a wall along the entire U.S. border with Mexico, and 70% think the U.S. would ultimately pay for it.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 23, 2017

Support for 2010 health care law reaches new high

As congressional Republicans weigh options to replace the Affordable Care Act, support for the 2010 health care law has reached its highest level on record.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 26, 2017

Americans divided in views of use of torture in U.S. anti-terror efforts

Overall, 48% of Americans say there are some circumstances under which the use of torture is acceptable in U.S. anti-terrorism efforts.

January 18, 2017

U.S. still has a ways to go in meeting Obama’s goal of producing more college grads

As Obama’s time in office nears its end, the U.S. remains short of his goal to produce more college graduates by 2020.

Fact TankDecember 13, 2016

Americans still favor ties with Cuba after Castro’s death, U.S. election

Three-quarters of U.S. adults approve of the decision last year to re-establish relations with Cuba, and nearly as many favor ending the trade embargo.

Fact TankDecember 8, 2016

Republicans, Democrats find common ground on many provisions of health care law

Americans remain split in their opinions about the Affordable Care Act and its future. But while President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to repeal the overhaul, individual provisions are broadly popular, even across partisan lines.