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Nearly Half of Democrats Say the Best Age for a President Is ‘In Their 50s’

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 17:59

When asked about the ideal age for a president, most Democrats say they prefer someone in their 40s through their 60s, with nearly half (47%) saying the best age for a president is “in their 50s.” Two of the Democratic Party’s best-known candidates, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, are in their 70s, yet only 3% […]

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Methodology

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 17:57

The American Trends Panel survey methodology The American Trends Panel (ATP), created by Pew Research Center, is a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults. Panelists participate via self-administered web surveys. Panelists who do not have internet access at home are provided with a tablet and wireless internet connection. The panel is being managed […]

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Methodology

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 17:57

The analysis in this report is based on respondents to a set of self-administered web surveys conducted between December 2015 and March 2018. The analysis is restricted to those individuals who were originally recruited from two large telephone surveys in 2014 and 2015 to join Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel (ATP), and remained active […]

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Appendix: The trajectory of GOP views of the tea party

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 17:57

In March 2010, about a year after the movement’s first major national protests, 48% of Republicans said they agreed with the tea party, while just 4% said they disagreed (26% said they had no opinion of the movement and 21% had not heard of it). By comparison, just 6% of Democrats and Democratic leaners agreed […]

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Trump’s Staunch GOP Supporters Have Roots in the Tea Party

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 17:57

Republicans who did not agree with the tea party during Obama era were somewhat less likely to remain affiliated with GOP years later. Republicans who had positive views of the tea party movement in 2014 or 2015 were among Trump’s most enthusiastic backers during the 2016 campaign.

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Majority of Public Favors Same-Sex Marriage, but Divisions Persist

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 15:55

A majority of Americans (61%) favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, while about half as many (31%) oppose same-sex marriage. Republicans and Democrats remain deeply divided over legal marriage for gays and lesbians – though support has increased significantly in both parties over the past 15 years.

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U.S. Public Has Favorable View of Israel’s People, but Is Less Positive Toward Its Government

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 19:58

While 64% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the Israeli people, fewer than half view the Israeli government favorably. There are wide partisan gaps in opinions of Israelis and Palestinians.

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Methodology

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 15:41

The analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted March 20-25, 2019 among a national sample of 1,503 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (300 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 1,203 were interviewed on a cell phone, including […]

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Sharp Rise in the Share of Americans Saying Jews Face Discrimination

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 20:02

Today, 64% of Americans say Jews face at least some discrimination, a 20-percentage-point increase from 2016. Partisans are divided in their views of discrimination against Jews – and many other groups.

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Little Public Support for Reductions in Federal Spending

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 19:56

When Americans are asked to make up the budget for the federal government, they have little appetite for austerity measures. Asked about 13 different government program areas, from veterans benefits to foreign aid, no more than about a quarter favor reducing spending in any specific area. The survey by Pew Research Center, conducted March 20-25 […]

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How Republicans and Democrats View Federal Spending

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 17:59

If you were making up the budget for the federal government this year, would you increase spending, decrease spending or keep spending the same for …   See related report: “Little Public Support for Reductions in Federal Spending”

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Public Trust in Government: 1958-2019

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 06:01

Public trust in the government remains near historic lows. Only 17% of Americans today say they can trust the government in Washington to do what is right “just about always” (3%) or “most of the time” (14%). When the National Election Study began asking about trust in government in 1958, about three-quarters of Americans trusted […]

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Growing Partisan Divide Over Fairness of the Nation’s Tax System

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 19:55

As the April 15 tax deadline approaches, overall public views of the fairness of the nation’s tax system have changed only modestly since 2017, before passage of major tax legislation. However, partisan differences on tax fairness have increased considerably since then, and now are wider than at any point in at least two decades. Two […]

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Methodology

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 19:55

The analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted March 20-25, 2019 among a national sample of 1,503 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (300 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 1,203 were interviewed on a cell phone, including […]

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Methodology

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 19:59

Methodology The analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted March 20-25, 2019 among a national sample of 1,503 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (300 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 1,203 were interviewed on a cell phone, […]

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Large Majorities in Both Parties Say NATO is Good for the U.S.

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 19:59

As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) celebrates its 70th anniversary this month, Americans overwhelmingly say being a member of NATO is beneficial for the United States.

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Majority Says Trump Has Done ‘Too Little’ to Distance Himself From White Nationalists

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 19:04

The public’s views of Donald Trump have changed little over the course of his presidency – and this is the case for opinions about whether Trump has done enough to distance himself from white nationalist groups. In a new survey, a 56% majority says Trump has done too little to distance himself from white nationalist […]

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Methodology

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 19:04

The analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted March 20-25, 2019 among a national sample of 1,503 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (300 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 1,203 were interviewed on a cell phone, including […]

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Political Independents: Who They Are, What They Think

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 15:00

Most independents are not all that “independent” politically. And the small share of Americans who are truly independent stand out for their low level of interest in politics.

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