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.
February 13, 2020 Methodology

The analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted January 8-13, 2020, among a national sample of 1,504 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (301 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 1,203 were interviewed on a cellphone, including 839 […]

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February 13, 2020 As Economic Concerns Recede, Environmental Protection Rises on the Public’s Policy Agenda

Nearly as many Americans say protecting the environment should be a top policy priority (64%) as say this about strengthening the economy (67%)

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February 7, 2020 Methodology

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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February 7, 2020 Views of Nation’s Economy Remain Positive, Sharply Divided by Partisanship

These views are more upbeat than at any point in the past two decades. More Americans say Trump’s policies have made the economy better than worse.

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January 30, 2020 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 by Ipsos. Data in this report […]

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January 30, 2020 2. Political values and Democratic candidate support

Large shares of Democratic voters prefer an active role for government and believe in the importance of its regulatory role. About eight-in-ten Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters say the government should do more to solve problems, while just 20% say it’s doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals. Similarly, 78% say the government […]

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January 30, 2020 1. The Democratic nomination contest

Ahead of the first caucuses and primaries of 2020, Joe Biden enjoys a narrow lead as Democrats’ top choice for president. In an open-ended question, 26% of Democratic and Democratic-leaning registered voters volunteer Biden as their top choice for the nomination. Slightly fewer say Bernie Sanders is their first choice (21%), while 16% say they […]

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