The Supreme Court begins a new term on Oct. 7, taking up cases on issues including guns and abortion. As the term begins, here are five facts about the court.
Around six-in-ten Democrats support increased spending for scientific research, compared with 40% of Republicans, a gap that has grown over time.
Most Democrats think scientists should take an active role in policy debates, while 56% of Republicans say they should focus on establishing sound scientific facts.
Neither party has an edge in favorability among the public
Republicans’ views of the investigation, which were generally negative over the probe’s duration, are much more positive now that it is complete.
Democratic voters report high levels of satisfaction with the Democratic candidates as a group. The election also is attracting more interest than past elections did at similar points in the cycle.
A new Pew Research Center survey of veterans finds that a majority (57%) approve of the way Trump is handling his duties as commander in chief, with about half (48%) saying his administration’s policies have made the military stronger.
Self-identified liberals make up a larger share of the Democratic Party than they once did. Democrats are united in their opposition to Donald Trump.
Republicans express intensely negative views of “socialism” and very positive views of “capitalism.” Majorities of Democrats view both terms positively.
When Republicans assess the climate for political discourse, they see a more hospitable environment for Democrats than for members of their own party.