The United States is the oldest continuous democracy in the world, and a model and inspiration for other nations seeking to build democratic institutions. One of the core pillars of American liberty is a free press. Pew conducts opinion surveys that track public attitudes toward the press and politics. At the same time, Pew issues major reports that examine long-term trends in the political values of Americans, as well as their views on policy issues and priorities, political knowledge, and news interest.
October 23, 2019 National Politics on Twitter: Small Share of U.S. Adults Produce Majority of Tweets

The findings of this analysis paint a nuanced picture of just how prevalent political speech is among U.S. adults on Twitter.

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October 17, 2019 Modest Changes in Views of Impeachment Proceedings Since Early September

Most Americans have not changed their views on whether the House should conduct impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump since early September, before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House would conduct an impeachment inquiry of the president.

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October 10, 2019 Partisan Antipathy: More Intense, More Personal

Division and animosity between the two political parties in the U.S. has deepened. Most partisans view the other side as ‘closed-minded’; Republicans see Democrats as ‘unpatriotic.'

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October 7, 2019 In Their Own Words: Behind Americans’ Views of ‘Socialism’ and ‘Capitalism’

For many, “socialism” is a word that evokes a weakened work ethic, stifled innovation and excessive reliance on the government. For others, it represents a fairer, more generous society.

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October 1, 2019 Public Expresses Favorable Views of a Number of Federal Agencies

Americans express overwhelmingly favorable opinions of federal agencies like the Postal Service, the National Park Service, NASA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) despite historically low levels of public trust in the federal government.

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September 19, 2019 Why Americans Don’t Fully Trust Many Who Hold Positions of Power and Responsibility

Members of Congress and technology leaders are rated lower in empathy, transparency and ethics; public gives higher scores to military leaders, public school principals and police officers

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August 29, 2019 U.S. Public Continues to Favor Legal Abortion, Oppose Overturning Roe v. Wade

As debates over abortion continue in states around the country, a majority of Americans (61%) continue to say that abortion should be legal in all (27%) or most (34%) cases.

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August 16, 2019 Most Democrats Are Excited by ‘Several’ 2020 Candidates – Not Just Their Top Choice

A majority of Democratic voters who prefer one of the presidential candidates are excited about several candidates vying for the party's nomination. Far fewer are enthused only by their first choice.

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