Fact Tank Jul. 17, 2013

Partisan polarization, in Congress and among public, is greater than ever

While the Senate appears to have reached a deal on executive-branch appointments that heads off a showdown over filibuster rules, the fact that the confrontation went as far as it did points up the increasingly polarized state of Congress. From immigration reform to food stamps to student loans, it almost seems as if congressional Republicans and Democrats inhabit […]

Fact Tank Jul. 12, 2013

The politics and demographics of food stamp recipients

The House on July 11 passed a farm bill stripped of funding for food stamps. A Pew Research survey last year found about one-in-five (22%) of Democrats say they had received food stamps compared with 10% of Republicans.

Fact Tank Jun. 27, 2013

Why boys with sisters are more likely to be Republicans

Interesting things happen when little boys grow up with sisters: They are less likely to help mom with housekeeping chores—and they’re more likely to grow up to be Republicans, according to a new paper published in the latest issue of the Journal of Politics (doc). Young men who were raised with sisters also are more likely […]

Fact Tank Jun. 17, 2013

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.

U.S. Politics Apr. 15, 2013

Widening Gap in Views of Federal, State and Local Governments

Favorability ratings for different levels of government have diverged over the past decade as public views of the federal government have fallen to new lows.

U.S. Politics Feb. 26, 2013

Public Views GOP as Principled, But Out of Touch

While somewhat more say the Republican Party than the Democratic Party has strong principles, the GOP is viewed as too extreme and out of touch.

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.

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Religion Sep. 17, 2012

Slideshow: Religious Groups and Political Party Identification

A new slideshow illustrates trends in support for the U.S. political parties among various religious groups since 2008.

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U.S. Politics Aug. 24, 2012

Quiz: Political Party

Answer 12 questions that were part of a national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, and find out where you fit on the partisan political spectrum.

U.S. Politics Aug. 23, 2012

A Closer Look at the Parties in 2012

As the 2012 party conventions approach, the Democratic Party continues to maintain an advantage in party identification among voters, but its lead is much smaller than it was in 2008.