Americans have little appetite for austerity in government programs. Most either want to increase spending or maintain it at current levels. At the same time, their trust in the federal government remains near a historic low.
While partisans agree that political leaders should be honest and ethical, they differ over whether particular leaders display these traits.
Just 41% of Americans say they are very or somewhat confident that Trump will handle matters related to the special counsel investigation appropriately. Republicans and Democrats offer starkly different assessments.
While Americans say their nation’s colleges compare relatively well with those in other countries, they offer more negative assessments of U.S. public schools.
Most Americans say ‘design and structure’ of government need big changes.
Pew Research Center is redoubling its focus on the role of information and trust in democratic societies.
Amid tax debates, deficit concerns are lower today than during the Obama administration. As approval of congressional leaders drops, confidence in Trump on several measures also declines.
Americans give strongly positive ratings to teachers and members of the military, while ratings of political and ideological groups – Democrats, Republicans, liberals and conservatives – are much less positive, and more starkly divided along partisan lines.
Republicans and Democrats offer starkly different assessments of the impact of several of the nation’s leading institutions – including the news media, colleges and universities and churches and religious organizations
Public trust in the government remains near historic lows. Only 20% of Americans today say they can trust the government in Washington to do what is right “just about always” (4%) or “most of the time” (16%)