Fact Tank May. 23, 2013

Young adults: Less trusting in general, but with exceptions

Young adults are less trusting in general but more willing to trust at least some government officials and agencies. Overall, the United States is one of the more trusting societies in the world.

U.S. Politics May. 20, 2013

Interest in IRS, Benghazi News Divided by Party

So far, public interest in a trio of controversies connected to the Obama administration remains limited. Republicans are following the stories much more closely.

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 Jan. 31, 2013

Majority Views Government as Threat to Personal Rights

For the first time, a majority of the public says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms.

U.S. Politics Jan. 17, 2013

Obama in Strong Position as He Begins Second Term

More Americans say Obama is trustworthy, a strong leader and someone who stands up for his beliefs; 52% approve of the job he is doing and 59% have a favorable opinion of him.

U.S. Politics Oct. 10, 2012

Public Less Negative About Economic News

Americans are hearing less negative news about the nation’s economy than they were just a month ago. Perceptions of news about the job situation have improved across partisan lines.

U.S. Politics Jun. 4, 2012

Partisan Polarization Surges in Bush, Obama Years

Americans values and basic beliefs are more polarized along partisan lines than at any point in the past 25 years. Party has now become the single largest fissure in American society, with the values gap between Republicans and Democrats greater than gender, age, race or class divides.

U.S. Politics Apr. 26, 2012

Growing Gap in Favorable Views of Federal, State Governments

The gap between favorable ratings of the federal government and state and local governments is wider than ever. Just a third of Americans have a favorable opinion of the federal government, the lowest positive rating in 15 years.

U.S. Politics Dec. 20, 2011

In 2007, Mood Just Beginning to Sour, Democrats Better Regarded

As another presidential election year approaches, the political and economic landscape has changed in a number of ways since four years ago. The public’s mood was not very good, but still a lot better than it is today.

U.S. Politics Sep. 22, 2011

Press Widely Criticized, But Trusted More than Other Sources of Information

Negative opinions about the performance of news organizations now equal or surpass all-time highs on nine of 12 core measures the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press has been tracking since 1985.