February 21, 2017

5 facts about crime in the U.S.

Government data show that violent and property crime rates have both fallen in the long term – but official estimates vary widely, and public perceptions often don’t align with the data. Here are five key facts on crime.

February 8, 2017

A closer look at police officers who have fired their weapon on duty

About a quarter of all officers say they have ever fired their service weapon while on the job. Are some more likely than others to have fired their weapon in the line of duty?

January 25, 2017

Most officers say the media treat police unfairly

Among the challenges U.S. police officers perceive on the job is a widespread feeling that police are mistreated by the media.

January 23, 2017

Police, public differ on key issues but align on others

The public and the police differ on issues ranging from an assault rifle ban to racial progress in the U.S., but their views align on other issues.

January 17, 2017

Female police officers’ on-the-job experiences diverge from those of male officers

Female police officers sometimes differ sharply from male officers in their views of policing and their experiences.

Fact TankJanuary 12, 2017

Black and white officers see many key aspects of policing differently

On some subjects, racial differences among the police are considerably more pronounced than they are among the public as a whole.

Fact TankJanuary 11, 2017

Key findings on how police view their jobs amid protests and calls for reform

A new Pew Research Center nationwide survey of 7,917 police officers focuses on a wide range of topics about policing, including how police view their jobs, officers’ experiences in the field and how these fatal encounters have impacted the way they do their jobs.

Fact TankNovember 16, 2016

Voters’ perceptions of crime continue to conflict with reality

Despite double-digit decreases in U.S. violent and property crime rates since 2008, most voters say crime has gotten worse during that span.

Fact TankJuly 8, 2016

How Americans view the Black Lives Matter movement

General awareness of Black Lives Matter is widespread among black and white U.S. adults, but attitudes about the movement vary considerably between groups.

Fact TankApril 13, 2016

Americans divided on how much they trust their neighbors

Just half of Americans (52%) say they trust all or most of their neighbors, while a similar share (48%) say they trust some or none of their neighbors. Neighborly trust also varies between demographic groups.