GlobalMarch 31, 2016

Republicans, especially Trump supporters, see free trade deals as bad for U.S.

Although Clinton and Sanders have both come out against TPP, majorities of their supporters believe trade deals have been good for the country.

GlobalMarch 28, 2016

Views of NATO and its role are mixed in U.S., other member nations

Foreign policy and national security have been key elements of the debate for both the Republican and Democratic parties in this year’s U.S. presidential campaign. GOP front-runner Donald Trump recently added a twist when he suggested in a Washington Post interview that, while NATO is “a good thing to have,” changes are needed because the […]

U.S. PoliticsMarch 11, 2016

This year’s GOP presidential battle isn’t the first – or even the deepest – party divide

Both major U.S. political parties have a long history of splits, splinters and other schisms.

HispanicFebruary 19, 2016

Is speaking Spanish necessary to be Hispanic? Most Hispanics say no

During Saturday’s Republican presidential debate in South Carolina, Marco Rubio questioned (in English) whether Ted Cruz speaks Spanish. Cruz responded in Spanish with a challenge to Rubio to discuss their views on immigration in that language. Rubio’s confrontation with Cruz, who recently became the first Hispanic to win the Iowa caucuses, was interpreted by some […]

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 4, 2016

Contested presidential conventions, and why parties try to avoid them

There hasn’t been a seriously contested nominating convention in decades, and a look at history helps explain why: Candidates who needed multiple ballots to get nominated usually didn’t go on to win the White House.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 28, 2016

Partisan divide grows over value of Washington experience

With the first 2016 nomination contests at hand, a new survey underscores the extent to which Republicans have come to place less value on a presidential candidate’s prior experience in office – especially experience as a Washington official.

ReligionJanuary 28, 2016

Is Hillary Clinton religious? Republicans and Democrats have far different views

If Hillary Clinton ends up being the Democratic Party’s nominee for president, her politics won’t be the only thing many Republicans and Democrats disagree about during the coming campaign.

ReligionJanuary 27, 2016

5 key findings about faith and politics in the 2016 presidential race

Religion has long been entangled in America’s politics and its political campaigns.

HispanicJanuary 19, 2016

Key facts about immigrants eligible for deportation relief under Obama’s expanded executive actions

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected in April to hear a lawsuit by Texas and 25 other states that seeks to block presidential executive actions offering deportation relief and work permits to unauthorized immigrants.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 12, 2016

Presidential job approval ratings from Ike to Obama

Perhaps no measure better captures the public’s sentiment toward the president than job approval. It dates back to the earliest days of public opinion polling, when George Gallup asked about Franklin D. Roosevelt starting in the 1930s.