U.S. PoliticsJanuary 17, 2017

Obama has issued fewer executive orders on average than any president since Cleveland

Obama has issued 34 executive orders per year in office, slightly fewer than the 36 per year in office that George W. Bush issued and the lowest average in 120 years.

Internet & TechJanuary 10, 2017

How America Changed During Barack Obama’s Presidency

Pew Research Center President Michael Dimock examines the changes – some profound, some subtle – that the U.S. experienced during Barack Obama’s presidency.

Fact TankJanuary 6, 2017

Less than half the public views border wall as an important goal for U.S. immigration policy

Only 39% of Americans view building a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border as a very or somewhat important goal.

Fact TankJanuary 5, 2017

Federal prison population fell during Obama’s term, reversing recent trend

Obama is on pace to become the first president since Carter to leave the White House with a smaller federal prison population than when he took office.

Fact TankDecember 29, 2016

Tillerson would be first secretary of state without military or government experience

At least four secretaries of state previously worked as top executives for large private-sector companies.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 14, 2016

Obama Leaves Office on High Note, But Public Has Mixed Views of Accomplishments

With just a few weeks left in Barack Obama’s presidency, Americans’ early judgments of his place in history are more positive than negative.

Fact TankDecember 9, 2016

Obama has used clemency power more often than any president since LBJ

He is on track to commute more sentences than any president since Wilson, who commuted 1,366. But he has granted fewer pardons to date than any president for whom DOJ has published statistics.

Fact TankDecember 5, 2016

What kinds of backgrounds do U.S. attorneys general have?

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, closely resembles many previous Justice Department leaders.

Fact TankNovember 16, 2016

Despite Oregon governor’s win, candidates of different sexual orientations could face resistance in a presidential run

While a growing number of LGBT politicians have been elected to public office and attitudes toward the LGBT community have become much more favorable over the past decade, survey data suggest that being gay or lesbian remains an obstacle for candidates running for president.

Fact TankNovember 5, 2016

A gender gap in views of Hillary Clinton, even among her supporters

Men and women who support Clinton differ in their views about the Democratic candidate and her candidacy to become the first female U.S. president.