Jan. 14, 2015

Women and Leadership

Most Americans say women are every bit as capable of being good leaders as men, whether in political offices or in corporate boardrooms. So why, then, are they underrepresented in top jobs?

Fact Tank Jan. 12, 2015

Will GOP-run Congress lead to more Obama vetoes? History suggests yes

Some political observers predict that Obama will be using his veto pen a lot more in his last two years in office than he did in the first six. Recent history indicates that presidents do veto more bills when both houses of Congress are controlled by the opposing party.

Fact Tank Jan. 8, 2015

Americans agree on trade: Good for the country, but not great for jobs

Trade is shaping up as a major issue on the 2015 legislative agenda, with Congressional leaders and Obama suggesting bilateral cooperation on U.S. trade agendas. Indeed, a Pew Research Center survey suggests such bipartisan efforts also could find public support.

Fact Tank Jan. 7, 2015

GOP Congress takes over amid public pessimism about an end to divisions

The new GOP-controlled Congress takes office at a time when the American public sees partisan rifts in the country getting worse.

Fact Tank Dec. 23, 2014

As Cuban American demographics change, so do views of Cuba

President Obama’s change in policy towards Cuba comes as the Cuban American population itself is changing—in its demographics, views of U.S.-Cuba policy, and its politics.

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.