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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

U.S. Politics & Policy

Last Build Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2018 20:20:02 +0000


Positive Views of Economy Surge, Driven by Major Shifts Among Republicans

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:03:52 +0000

Americans’ views of national economic conditions continue to improve, with the share saying the economy is in good or excellent condition now at its highest point in nearly two decades. The overall rise in positive assessments seen over the last year is driven by the shifting views of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. Nearly three-quarters of […]

Appendix A: Religious category definitions

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:09:23 +0000

The “Other Christian” category includes other minority Protestants as well as Protestants who declined to provide their race and a few white Protestants who were not asked the evangelical/born-again question; other minority Catholics as well as Catholics who declined to provide their race; Mormons; and Orthodox Christians. The “All others” category includes Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, […]


Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:09:05 +0000

The analysis of changes in party identification over time is based on a compilation of 257 surveys and nearly 350,000 interviews among registered voters conducted by the Pew Research Center from January 1994 to December 2017. These surveys are combined into one large data file that can be sorted according to a range of demographic […]

2. Changing composition of the electorate and partisan coalitions

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:08:36 +0000

  The demographic profile of voters has changed markedly in recent years, reflecting broader changes in the nation. The electorate is more racially and ethnically diverse than in the past. Voters also are older and better educated than they were two decades ago. Overall, while non-Hispanic whites remain the largest share of registered voters (69%), their […]

1. Trends in party affiliation among demographic groups

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:08:17 +0000

The balance of partisan affiliation – and the combined measure of partisan identification and leaning – has not changed substantially over the past two decades. However, Democrats hold a slightly larger edge in leaned party identification over Republicans now than in 2016 or 2015. In Pew Research Center surveys conducted in 2017, 37% of registered […]

Wide Gender Gap, Growing Educational Divide in Voters’ Party Identification

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:52:39 +0000

Survey Report As the 2018 midterm elections approach, women and especially college graduates have moved toward the Democratic Party. By contrast, the Republican Party’s advantage in leaned party identification among white voters without a college degree has never been greater, dating back more than two decades. While partisanship among voters usually does not change much […]

Party Identification Trends, 1992-2017

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:36:45 +0000

Pew Research Center has been tracking the party affiliation of the general public for over 20 years. Click the buttons or scroll down to explore the party ID data for two dozen demographic subgroups, categorized by gender, race, education, generation, and religious affiliation.

Public Confidence in Mueller’s Investigation Remains Steady

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:58:20 +0000

Survey Report The public continues to express at least some confidence that Robert Mueller will conduct a fair investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election. A majority of Americans (61%) say they are very or somewhat confident Mueller will conduct a fair investigation; these views have changed only modestly since December. While opinions about […]

4. Race, immigration, same-sex marriage, abortion, global warming, gun policy, marijuana legalization

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 18:55:41 +0000

Majorities in all generations say the country needs to continue making changes to give blacks equal rights with whites, reflecting a public shift in these views in recent years. But Millennials are far more likely to hold this view than Boomers and Silents. The current generational gap in opinion is a relatively new one – […]

3. U.S. foreign policy and America’s global standing, Islam and violence, NAFTA

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 18:55:39 +0000

There are substantial generational differences on a number of foreign policy attitudes and, in some cases, these differences have widened in recent years. About a decade ago, for instance, similar majorities across age cohorts agreed that the best way to ensure peace was through good diplomacy, rather than military strength. But Millennials increasingly view good […]