Pew Research Center has examined how people think about democracy, trust in institutions, and the role of information in society for more than a decade. In light of current debates about the state of the democratic process and the importance of truth, the Center has further deepened its focus on public attitudes about the role of trust and facts in democracy. This page is a curation of the most relevant content on those topics.

U.S. PoliticsNovember 14, 2018

America’s polarized views of Trump follow years of growing political partisanship

From the start of Trump’s presidency, Americans have been divided along partisan lines in their views of him. Our video aims to place views of him in context.

U.S. PoliticsOctober 29, 2018

Elections in America: Concerns Over Security, Divisions Over Expanding Access to Voting

With a week to go before Election Day, Americans are confident their local election authorities are up to the essential tasks of making sure that elections are run smoothly and that votes are counted accurately.

Media & NewsOctober 23, 2018

Younger Americans are better than older Americans at telling factual news statements from opinions

Younger U.S. adults were better than their elders at differentiating between factual and opinion statements in a survey conducted in early 2018.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 26, 2018

Voter Enthusiasm at Record High in Nationalized Midterm Environment

As elections draw near, voter enthusiasm is at its highest level during any midterm in more than two decades. A record share of registered voters say which party controls Congress will be a factor in their vote.

Media & NewsSeptember 25, 2018

Partisans Remain Sharply Divided in Their Attitudes About the News Media

Americans are particularly divided politically in their support of the news media’s “watchdog role” – with a 44-percentage-point gap between Democrats and Republicans.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 13, 2018

Republicans, Democrats See Opposing Party as More Ideological Than Their Own

Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to view the Democratic Party as very liberal. And the pattern is similar, though less pronounced, in views of the GOP’s ideology: More Democrats than Republicans see the Republican Party as very conservative.

U.S. PoliticsAugust 23, 2018

Republicans and Democrats agree: They can’t agree on basic facts

Nearly eight-in-ten Americans say that when it comes to important issues facing the country, most Republican and Democratic voters not only disagree over plans and policies, but also cannot agree on basic facts. Ironically, Republicans and Democrats do agree that partisan disagreements extend to the basic facts of issues, according to a new Pew Research Center survey

U.S. PoliticsAugust 16, 2018

As Midterms Near, Democrats Are More Politically Active Than Republicans

Across a range of political activities – from attending political rallies to donating to campaigns – voters who back Democratic candidates for Congress are reporting higher levels of political activity than GOP voters.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 18, 2018

Taking Sides on Facebook: How Congressional Outreach Changed Under President Trump

Democratic legislators’ opposition to political adversaries on Facebook spiked after Trump’s election, while “angry” reactions to posts by members of Congress increased among followers.

Media & NewsJune 18, 2018

Quiz: How well can you tell factual from opinion statements?

Test your ability to classify 10 news statements as either factual or opinion.