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.

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.

Fact TankSeptember 22, 2016

More say press is too easy on Trump than said so of Romney, McCain

Only a slim minority thinks the news media’s coverage of Trump and Clinton is too tough, a view the public also held in previous general elections.

Fact TankSeptember 21, 2016

Presidential approval a stronger indicator of voter choice than satisfaction with the country

When it comes to who people plan to vote for, presidential approval is a much stronger indicator than satisfaction with the state of the nation.

Fact TankAugust 25, 2016

5 facts about Trump supporters’ views of immigration

Immigration policy has been a focal point of Donald Trump’s campaign since he first announced he was running for president. Here’s a look at where his supporters stand on the issue.

Fact TankAugust 15, 2016

In debates, voters want to hear most about terrorism and the economy

Given the chance to decide how much time is spent on each of 10 specific issues, voters would allocate more time to discussions of the candidates’ plans on keeping the U.S. safe from terrorism and on economic growth and much less time to discussion of abortion policy.

Fact TankJuly 28, 2016

A closer look at the gender gap in presidential voting

In the 1972 and 1976 elections, there was no difference in candidate support between men and women. But over the last nine presidential elections, women have consistently voted for Democratic presidential candidates at higher rates than men.