Fact TankFebruary 26, 2016

Long Supreme Court vacancies used to be more common

If Senate Republicans stick with their declared intention to not consider anyone President Obama might nominate to replace Antonin Scalia, his seat on the Supreme Court likely would remain vacant for a year or more. That would be the longest vacancy on the court for nearly five decades, but by no means the longest ever in U.S. history. In fact, for much of the 19th century it was not uncommon for Supreme Court seats to be unoccupied for months – or, in a few cases, years – at a time.

Fact TankFebruary 24, 2016

Scalia’s Supreme Court vacancy draws much public interest, unlike past open seats

Such high levels of interest and engagement weren’t common in past Supreme Court nomination battles.

Fact TankDecember 10, 2015

Supreme Court could reshape voting districts, with big impact on Hispanics

How the Supreme Court decides a redistricting case from Texas could affect Hispanic voting strength and House representation from coast to coast.

Pew Research CenterJuly 29, 2015

Negative Views of Supreme Court at Record High

Following major, end-of-term rulings on the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage, unfavorable opinions of the Supreme Court have reached a 30-year high.

June 29, 2015

In greater Dallas area, segregation by income and race

Income segregation has increased over the past 30 years in 27 of the 30 largest U.S. metro areas. There were clear divisions between low-income and middle- and upper-income areas, as well as along racial lines.

Fact TankJune 26, 2015

How the Supreme Court’s decision for gay marriage could affect religious institutions

Some legal scholars and others are trying to determine how a ruling granting same-sex couples a constitutional right to wed might affect religious institutions.

Fact TankJune 26, 2015

Half of unmarried LGBT Americans say they would like to wed

Public support for same-sex marriage has surged: 57% of Americans favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, up from 36% in 2005 and 27% in 1996.

Fact TankMay 14, 2015

Dim public awareness of Supreme Court as major rulings loom

The U.S. Supreme Court remains an institution whose members – and even the facts about some of its most important decisions – are a mystery to many Americans.

Pew Research CenterApril 20, 2015

Views of Supreme Court Little Changed as Major Rulings Loom

Public views of the Supreme Court are little changed since last summer, following the court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case and other end-of-term decisions.

Fact TankJanuary 27, 2015

2015 is shaping up to be a significant year for religion at the Supreme Court

Here’s a rundown of the Supreme Court’s busy docket, which includes cases on the ACA’s contraception mandate, religion in the workplace, same-sex marriage and the death penalty.