Fact Tank Feb. 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.

Fact Tank Jan. 28, 2016

Contentious Republican debates lure many Democrats to tune in

While a majority of Americans have watched at least one of the debates for the 2016 presidential election, there are striking differences between parties when it comes to which side’s debates people are watching.

Fact Tank Jan. 27, 2016

The demographic trends shaping American politics in 2016 and beyond

In an era of head-snapping racial, social, cultural, economic, religious, gender, generational and technological change, Americans have been sorting themselves into think-alike communities that reflect not only their politics but their demographics.

Fact Tank Jan. 5, 2016

5 facts about guns in the United States

Americans have shown broad and consistent support for expanded background checks for gun purchasers, but this has proven more contentious in practice than in principle. And the GOP holds a slight advantage over the Democratic Party in reflecting the public’s views about gun control.

Fact Tank Dec. 15, 2015

5 facts about Republicans and national security

When GOP presidential candidates meet in Las Vegas tonight for their sixth debate, terrorism, foreign policy and national security are expected to be major topics.

Fact Tank Dec. 1, 2015

Republicans divided by income over government’s role in ‘safety net’ issues

There are stark socioeconomic differences within the GOP when it comes to issues like poverty, health care and education.

Fact Tank Nov. 25, 2015

In politics, most Americans feel they’re on the losing side

It could be a sign of the times – or something more lasting – but far more Americans today feel like their side is losing more often than winning in politics.

Fact Tank Nov. 10, 2015

5 facts about Republicans

Republican voters give the current field of presidential candidates higher ratings than at comparable times in the past two nomination contests.

Fact Tank Oct. 28, 2015

Where Republicans are united, divided on the economy

Here is a profile of Republicans’ views of the economy and economic policy, based on our surveys.

Fact Tank Oct. 20, 2015

What is the House Freedom Caucus, and who’s in it?

We’ve confirmed the identities of 36 members of the caucus, and they are among the most conservative and recently elected of Republican representatives.