Reducing the influence of lobbyists and special interest groups in Washington is now a much higher priority among Republicans than it was in January 2007; roughly four-in-ten Republicans (42%) currently rate such efforts a top priority, up from 28% a year ago. Republicans are now somewhat more likely than Democrats to rate this as a major priority (36% of Democrats now do so), a recent Pew poll finds. Last year, a higher percentage of Democrats (44%) than Republicans (28%) said that reining in special interests should be a top priority. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.