Pew Research Center Dec. 11, 2014

Are We Writing Off Obama Too Soon?

By Andrew Kohut With two years to go, Barack Obama is widely seen as a failed president, responsible for his party’s losses in the mid-term Congressional elections. He still faces strong headwinds on both domestic policy and foreign affairs. The notion that the president can make a comeback with the American public may seem very […]

U.S. Politics Dec. 11, 2014

Few See Quick Cure for Nation’s Political Divisions

The public is deeply pessimistic about the prospects for healing the nation’s political divisions. And most Americans think continued partisan gridlock would wreak significant damage on the country.

Fact Tank Dec. 9, 2014

How the 1986 immigration law compares with Obama’s program

As the federal government gears up to offer deportation relief to about 4 million unauthorized immigrants, it’s worth looking back to 1986, when a new law established what was then the biggest legalization and citizenship process in U.S. history.

Fact Tank Nov. 21, 2014

How Obama’s executive action will impact immigrants, by birth country

While President Obama’s executive order expanding deportation relief covered people from countries around the world, Mexicans were by far the group that will feel the most impact under existing and new guidelines.

Nov. 21, 2014

Executive actions on immigration have long history

President Obama’s executive action to protect millions of unauthorized immigrants from deportation is an act that both follows and departs from precedents set by his predecessors.

Fact Tank Nov. 14, 2014

Obama’s expected immigration action: How many would be affected?

Millions of unauthorized immigrants could receive relief from deportation under an executive order that President Obama will announce as early as next week.

Fact Tank Nov. 13, 2014

Obama job rating flat after midterm losses, unlike Bush, Ike, Truman

President Obama’s approval rating has barely moved in over a year and remains at 43%. In fact, the share of Americans approving of Obama has wavered between 41% and 45% in 13 consecutive Pew Research surveys dating back to September 2013.

Fact Tank Nov. 13, 2014

Obama vs. the Republicans on environmental issues: How the public views them

While President Obama’s stock with the public has taken a beating, the environment is one area where he maintains an advantage over the GOP.

Fact Tank Nov. 4, 2014

6 facts about the electorate on midterm day

Six facts about the 2014 electorate culled from Pew Research surveys and analyses during this midterm year.

Fact Tank Oct. 6, 2014

Who’s in charge of the Fed? Don’t bank on public knowing the answer

Just 24% of Americans can correctly pick out Janet Yellen — from a list of four — as the chair of the Federal Reserve Board.