Fact Tank Jun. 27, 2013

Why boys with sisters are more likely to be Republicans

Interesting things happen when little boys grow up with sisters: They are less likely to help mom with housekeeping chores—and they’re more likely to grow up to be Republicans, according to a new paper published in the latest issue of the Journal of Politics (doc). Young men who were raised with sisters also are more likely […]

Fact Tank Jun. 17, 2013

Political views can drive wrong poll answers, unless there’s money involved

Do one’s political leanings blind people to the facts? Judging from decades of polling, the answer is sometimes yes—partisanship appears to lead some people to claim as facts things that aren’t particularly factual.

U.S. Politics May. 8, 2013

Obama Has Approval Advantage, But GOP Runs Even on Issues

Despite GOP leaders’ poor job ratings, the Republican Party runs about even with the Democrats on leading issues such as the economy, immigration and gun control.

U.S. Politics Apr. 15, 2013

Widening Gap in Views of Federal, State and Local Governments

Favorability ratings for different levels of government have diverged over the past decade as public views of the federal government have fallen to new lows.

U.S. Politics Feb. 26, 2013

Public Views GOP as Principled, But Out of Touch

While somewhat more say the Republican Party than the Democratic Party has strong principles, the GOP is viewed as too extreme and out of touch.

U.S. Politics Jan. 17, 2013

Obama in Strong Position as He Begins Second Term

More Americans say Obama is trustworthy, a strong leader and someone who stands up for his beliefs; 52% approve of the job he is doing and 59% have a favorable opinion of him.

Pew Research Center Oct. 16, 2012

Ask the Expert: Factors Behind the Partisan Gap

Scott Keeter, Director of Survey Research, answers questions about the factors behind the growing partisan gap in American politics.

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Religion Sep. 17, 2012

Slideshow: Religious Groups and Political Party Identification

A new slideshow illustrates trends in support for the U.S. political parties among various religious groups since 2008.

U.S. Politics Sep. 12, 2012

Democrats Now More Positive on Campaign 2012

In the wake of the party conventions, Democrats express increasingly positive views of the presidential campaign.

U.S. Politics Sep. 10, 2012

Democratic Convention Highlights: Clinton Outshines Obama

Like Mitt Romney, Barack Obama was not the highlight of his party’s convention. Among those who watched at least a little coverage of the Democratic convention, 29% say the highlight was Bill Clinton’s speech, while 16% name Obama’s speech as the highlight. About as many (15%) say that first lady Michelle Obama’s speech was the highlight of the convention.