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Support for Same-Sex Marriage Grows, Even Among Groups That Had Been Skeptical

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:57:23 +0000

Two years after the Supreme Court decision that required states to recognize same-sex marriages nationwide, support for allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally is at its highest point in over 20 years of Pew Research Center polling on the issue.

Public Has Criticisms of Both Parties, but Democrats Lead on Empathy for Middle Class

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:58:22 +0000

Both political parties’ favorability ratings are more negative than positive and fewer than half say either party has high ethical standards.

Partisan Identification Is ‘Sticky,’ but About 10% Switched Parties Over the Past Year

Wed, 17 May 2017 13:59:45 +0000

Survey Report Those who study politics have long known that a person’s party affiliation is a strong predictor of how they will vote and what their opinions will be on most political issues. Some of the power of partisanship comes from its relative immutability: Most people remain loyal to a political party. But over a […]

Public Trust in Government Remains Near Historic Lows as Partisan Attitudes Shift

Wed, 03 May 2017 15:59:55 +0000

Changes in the dynamics of power in Washington have registered with members of both political parties.

With Budget Debate Looming, Growing Share of Public Prefers Bigger Government

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:59:33 +0000

Survey Report As Congress faces an April 28 deadline to fund government operations, the public is now split in their general preferences on the size and scope of government: 48% say they would rather have a bigger government providing more services, while 45% prefer a smaller government providing fewer services. This marks the first time […]

Public Dissatisfaction With Washington Weighs on the GOP

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

While the party retains its advantage over the Democrats on handling terrorism, it has lost ground on immigration and foreign policy, and 68% of the public sees the Republican Party as “mostly divided.”

Top Frustrations With Tax System: Sense That Corporations, Wealthy Don’t Pay Fair Share

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 04:01:02 +0000

A majority of Americans now view the federal tax system as unfair, including similar shares of Republicans and Democrats. But partisans differ in their concerns about the tax system.

Public Supports Syria Missile Strikes, but Few See a ‘Clear Plan’ for Addressing Situation

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:59:41 +0000

Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents are about three times as likely as Republicans and Republican leaners to say the U.S. has a responsibility to accept refugees from Syria.

Large Majorities See Checks and Balances, Right to Protest as Essential for Democracy

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 18:59:38 +0000

Large majorities of the public, Republicans and Democrats alike, say open and fair elections and a system of governmental checks and balances are essential to maintaining a strong democracy in the United States.

In Trump Era, What Partisans Want From Their Congressional Leaders

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:58:12 +0000

Survey Report As President Trump prepares for his address next week to a joint session of Congress, Republicans say they are more inclined to trust the president, rather than GOP congressional leaders, if the two sides disagree. For their part, Democrats are far more concerned that congressional Democrats will not do enough,  rather than go […]