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.
September 13, 2018 Republicans, Democrats See Opposing Party as More Ideological Than Their Own Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to view the Democratic Party as very liberal. And the pattern is similar, though less pronounced, in views of the GOP’s ideology: More Democrats than Republicans see the Republican Party as very conservative.   When asked to evaluate the Democratic Party’s ideology, a majority of Republicans (55%) give […]
September 10, 2018 Partisan Divides in Views of Many Countries – but Not North Korea Republicans and Democrats express overwhelmingly negative views of North Korea, but they diverge in opinions of several other countries – including Mexico, Iran, Russia and several U.S. allies.
August 23, 2018 Trump Has Met the Public’s Modest Expectations for His Presidency Survey Report Just prior to the 2016 election, the public had fairly low expectations for Donald Trump’s presidency. Majorities of Americans said that if Trump was elected, he would not be likely to improve the way government works, set a high moral standard for the presidency or achieve other goals.  And for the most part, […]
August 16, 2018 As Midterms Near, Democrats Are More Politically Active Than Republicans Across a range of political activities – from attending political rallies to donating to campaigns – voters who back Democratic candidates for Congress are reporting higher levels of political activity than GOP voters.
August 9, 2018 For Most Trump Voters, ‘Very Warm’ Feelings for Him Endured In the wake of Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory, an overwhelming majority of those who said they had voted for him had “warm” feelings for him.
July 24, 2018 Growing Partisan Differences in Views of the FBI; Stark Divide Over ICE A new survey of public attitudes toward federal agencies finds that partisan differences in views of the FBI have increased markedly over the past year. And Americans’ opinions about Immigration and Customs Enforcement are deeply polarized.
July 18, 2018 Taking Sides on Facebook: How Congressional Outreach Changed Under President Trump Democratic legislators’ opposition to political adversaries on Facebook spiked after Trump’s election, while "angry" reactions to posts by members of Congress increased among followers.
July 17, 2018 Americans Divided on Kavanaugh’s Nomination to the Supreme Court A week after Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court, the public is split in its early views of the nomination.