The Cato Institute’s Project on Public Opinion conducts high quality public opinion surveys, in-depth studies, and experiments to investigate what Americans think about important public policy issues, what values and assumptions motivate their beliefs, and how their opinion changes and evolves. Our data-driven social science research informs policymakers, opinion leaders, policy experts, journalists and the general public so that they may better understand how public attitudes are shaping America. Project scholars are active members of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and adhere to the highest standards of academic rigor and excellence.


Blog Posts

The Rising Popularity of Increasing Immigration

By Alex Nowrasteh. June 21, 2018.

The public is becoming increasingly pro-immigration.  The Democratic Party is increasingly reflecting that changing public opinion while the Republican Party is getting an increasing percentage of that shrinking but sizable anti-immigration majority.

The Trump Doctrine and Public Opinion at One Year

By A. Trevor Thrall. January 22, 2018.

A large majority of Americans disapprove of Trump’s handling of foreign policy, while his America First policies are among the most unpopular elements of his foreign policy.