U.S. PoliticsJanuary 20, 2017

6 things we’ve learned since the 2016 election

It has been a tumultuous 10 weeks since Donald Trump’s stunning victory. Here are six key findings from our U.S. political surveys since the election.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 19, 2017

Trump’s Cabinet will be one of most business-heavy in U.S. history

Assuming all of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees are confirmed, he will have one of the most heavily business-oriented Cabinets in U.S. history. Five of the 14 people Trump has nominated to be Cabinet secretaries have spent their entire careers in the business world, with no public office or senior military service on their resumes.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 18, 2017

Fewer Americans plan to watch inauguration this year than in 2009

About seven-in-ten Republicans and Republican leaners say they will watch the event, versus just 30% of Democrats and Democratic leaners.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 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.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 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.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 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 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.