The first congressional election of 2018: A test of Trump in western Pennsylvania

It snowed the night before Conor Lamb’s campaign rally, coating most of the 18th Congressional District and keeping some voters at home. But 70 loyal Democrats shoveled out and drove to the American Legion hall to meet their candidate for Congress in a district that gave Donald Trump a 19-point […] Read more »

Here’s Just How Little Confidence Americans Have In Political Institutions

Trust in the institutions that have been the pillars of U.S. politics and capitalism is crumbling. That is one finding from the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, which shows that Americans have limited confidence in its public schools, courts, organized labor and banks — and even less confidence in big business, […] Read more »

Looming Shutdown Would Further Damage Government’s Image

The looming shutdown of the federal government — because elected officials cannot agree on immigration policy — would almost certainly do further damage to Americans’ already negative view of the government. Only one in five Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, and President Donald Trump’s job approval is […] Read more »

Immigration a Top Problem for Republicans, Not for Democrats

Partisan differences are clearly visible in Americans’ assessments of the most important problem facing the country. Dissatisfaction with government ranks at or near the top of the list of the country’s most important problems for both Republicans (16%) and Democrats (30%), though the percentages differ substantially. But while immigration ties […] Read more »

White racial resentment has been gaining political power for decades

With his crude comment last week about Haiti and Africa, President Trump once again put race front and center in U.S. politics — as he has been doing since he launched his campaign. … Our research shows that racial attitudes have been increasingly influencing U.S. public opinion for at least […] Read more »