U.S. Politics Mar. 7, 2011

Who’s Winning the Fight Over Public-Employee Unions?

In its Topic A feature, the Washington Post asked several experts — among them the Pew Research Center’s Director of Survey Research Scott Keeter — who’s winning and who’s losing in the fight over public-employee unions.

Internet & Tech Mar. 1, 2011

How the Public Perceives Community Information Systems

Studies in three cities show that if people believe their local government shares information well, they also feel good about their town and its civic institutions. Those who are avid information consumers from news media and online sources are more likely to be involved and feel they have impact.

U.S. Politics Feb. 28, 2011

Wisconsin Unions Favored Over Walker in Showdown

By a 42%-31% margin, the public sides with public employee unions in their dispute with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. At the federal level, President Obama and GOP leaders would share blame for a government shutdown.

U.S. Politics Feb. 10, 2011

Rethinking Budget Cutting

Views about federal spending are beginning to change. Americans no longer call for more spending on many popular programs. Still, support for cutting spending remains limited, though in a few cases it has risen noticeably. The public remains reluctant either to cut spending — or to raise taxes – to balance state budgets.

Pew Research Center Jun. 28, 2010

Public Rejects Variety of Options for Fixing State Budgets

Most Americans say states should solve their own budget problems — but most also oppose cuts in education, public safety and other state programs.

U.S. Politics Jun. 28, 2010

Public Rejects Variety Of Options For Fixing State Budgets

Most Americans see the deteriorating budget situations in many states as a problem that the states themselves – rather than the federal government – should solve.

U.S. Politics May. 12, 2010

Public Supports Arizona Immigration Law

A majority approves of the new law, and larger percentages support requiring people to produce identification documents for police and allowing authorities to detain people unable to verify their legal status.

Hispanic Apr. 29, 2010

Hispanics and Arizona’s New Immigration Law

Past Pew Research Center reports have found that Latinos are the ethnic group most likely to be illegal immigrants and that Americans see Hispanics as the racial/ethnic group most often subjected to discrimination. Find more demographic and public opinion research related to the new Arizona law in a just-released fact sheet.

U.S. Politics Mar. 23, 2010

Gun Control Splits America

The public is divided over whether state and local governments should be able to pass laws banning the sale and possession of handguns as well as whether it is more important to protect gun owners’ rights or control gun ownership.

Pew Research Center Nov. 18, 2009

How the Economy May Sway 2010 Governors’ Races

The tax hikes that so many states levied to plug holes in their recession-ravaged budgets this year could endanger some incumbent governors’ careers in 2010 when 37 gubernatorial contests are at stake.