Political Polarization in the American Public
Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan acrimony is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in recent history. And these trends manifest themselves in myriad ways, both in politics and in everyday life.
Political Polarization & Media Habits
When it comes to getting news about politics and government, liberals and conservatives inhabit different worlds. There is little overlap in the news sources they turn to and trust.
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American, Israeli publics see Iran’s nuclear program as a top global threat
A new 40-nation Pew Research Center survey finds that concern over Iran’s nuclear program is greater in the United States and Israel than among other global publics.
Ideological divide over global warming as wide as ever
Pope Francis will publish an encyclical addressing environmental issues and climate change this Thursday, a subject that continues to deeply divide Americans, including Catholics, along partisan and ideological lines.
Political Media Habits Across Generations
Where do Millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers get their news about politics and government? How do media habits differ across these three generations?
Millennials and News
Where do Millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers get their news about politics and government? Our new study explores which sources they are familiar with, turn to, trust and distrust.
5 facts about consistent conservatives
Our research on political polarization found that 9% of Americans, and 20% of Republicans and Republican leaners, express consistently conservative views.
Presidential job approval ratings from Ike to Obama
Perhaps no measure better captures the public’s sentiment toward the president than job approval. It dates back to the earliest days of public opinion polling, when George Gallup asked about Franklin D. Roosevelt starting in the 1930s.
Jon Stewart to step down from The Daily Show, where he pioneered news through comedy
As Stewart moves on to his next endeavor, here are some key facts about how he has carved out his place in the journalistic world.
GOP Congress takes over amid public pessimism about an end to divisions
The new GOP-controlled Congress takes office at a time when the American public sees partisan rifts in the country getting worse.
Why can’t we all get along? Challenges ahead for bipartisan cooperation
President Obama meets Friday with Republican leaders after their election day victories to talk about cooperation on key issues. We review the public opinion challenges facing both parties in any quest for bipartisanship.
19% say they get news from a source they distrust
A significant number of web-using adults get at least some of their news about government and politics from sources that they distrust – a concept that may seem puzzling.