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.
Twenty years ago this month, the U.S. launched a major invasion of Iraq. President George W. Bush and his administration at first drew broad public support for the use of military force. Yet the campaign soon left Americans deeply divided, and by 2019, 62% said the Iraq War was not worth fighting.
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Nearly 107.7 million valid votes were cast in the 2022 House elections, representing about 45.1% of the estimated voting-eligible population.
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At least 81 voting members of Congress (15%) are foreign born or have at least one parent who was born in another country.
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Attitudes toward Russia and Vladimir Putin turned much more negative, while opinions of NATO grew more positive.
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Overall, 57 Black women – among a total of 106 women of color – have ever been elected to the national legislature.
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A slim majority of Americans say there is a lot or some common ground between the foreign policy positions of Republicans and Democrats in Washington.
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As concern about federal spending rises among both Democrats and Republicans, here's a primer on the national debt of the United States.
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The 118th Congress achieved a variety of demographic milestones when its members took office, though it still remains out of step with the U.S. population.
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