U.S. PoliticsSeptember 12, 2016

Already-low voter satisfaction with choice of candidates falls even further

Voter satisfaction with choice of candidates at lowest point in decades: 63% of registered voters say they are not too or not at all satisfied.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 2, 2016

For many voters, it’s not which presidential candidate they’re for but which they’re against

A significant share of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump supporters say their vote is based more on which candidate they are against rather than which one they are for.

U.S. PoliticsAugust 29, 2016

This may be the last presidential election dominated by Boomers and prior generations

Recent presidential elections have been dominated by voters from the Baby Boom and previous generations. That may change this November.

U.S. PoliticsApril 14, 2016

Candidates who don’t win on first convention ballot usually go on to lose

In 11 of the 18 conventions since the Civil War that went more than one ballot, the first-ballot leader ended up losing the nomination to someone else.

U.S. PoliticsApril 5, 2016

Voters have a dim view of primaries as a good way to pick the best candidate

Just 35% of voters say that the primaries have been a good way of determining the best- qualified nominees.

ReligionSeptember 22, 2014

Public Sees Religion’s Influence Waning

Nearly three-quarters of Americans now think religion is losing influence in American life, and most who say this also see it as a bad thing. Perhaps as a consequence, a growing share of the public wants religion to play a role in U.S. politics.

U.S. PoliticsMay 5, 2014

Midterm Election Indicators Daunting for Democrats

With the midterm elections six months away, 47% of registered voters support the Republican candidate in their district while 43% favor the Democrat. And more see their vote as a vote against President Obama than for him.

Fact TankJanuary 23, 2014

Anti-poll tax amendment is 50 years old today

The value in today’s dollars of the annual poll tax once imposed by several Southern states.

Fact TankSeptember 23, 2013

Study: Early voting associated with lower turnout

The country’s most widely adopted reform designed to make voting easier may lower the chances that an individual voter will go to the polls, according to a new study.

August 28, 2013

King’s “I have a dream” speech, by the numbers

Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech 50 years ago today on Washington D.C.’s National Mall and Memorial Parks has become one of the most famous, and quoted, pieces of oratory in U.S. history (though that wasn’t apparent to everyone at the time). But how well have the aspirations King so memorably expressed been realized? We ran […]