PublicationsAugust 29, 2019

U.S. Public Continues to Favor Legal Abortion, Oppose Overturning Roe v. Wade

As debates over abortion continue in states around the country, a majority of Americans (61%) continue to say that abortion should be legal in all (27%) or most (34%) cases. A smaller share of the public (38%) says abortion should be illegal in all (12%) or most cases (26%). The new survey by Pew Research […]

PublicationsJuly 22, 2019

Trust and Distrust in America

Many Americans think declining trust in the government and in each other makes it harder to solve key problems. They have a wealth of ideas about what’s gone wrong and how to fix it.

PublicationsJune 19, 2019

Public Highly Critical of State of Political Discourse in the U.S.

Majorities of Americans say the tone of political debate in the country has become more negative, less respectful, less fact-based and less substantive in recent years.

PublicationsMay 14, 2019

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

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.

PublicationsApril 15, 2019

Sharp Rise in the Share of Americans Saying Jews Face Discrimination

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.

PublicationsOctober 18, 2018

Gun Policy Remains Divisive, But Several Proposals Still Draw Bipartisan Support

The partisan divide that for years has defined public opinion about the nation’s gun policies remains firmly in place. Yet there continue to be several specific policy proposals that draw broad support from both Republicans and Democrats.

PublicationsOctober 5, 2017

The Partisan Divide on Political Values Grows Even Wider

Gaps between Republicans and Democrats over racial discrimination, immigration and poverty assistance have widened considerably in recent years.

PublicationsJune 22, 2017

Public Views About Guns

Explore 20 years of data on public opinion about gun control vs. gun rights.

Survey ReportsAugust 26, 2016

Opinions on Gun Policy and the 2016 Campaign

For the past several years, large majorities of both Democrats and Republicans have favored making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks.

PublicationsSeptember 28, 2015

Majority Says Any Budget Deal Must Include Planned Parenthood Funding

Survey Report With the prospect of a government shutdown apparently decreasing, the public by a wide margin says that any congressional budget agreement must maintain funding for Planned Parenthood. The latest national poll by the Pew Research Center, conducted Sept. 22-27 among 1,502 adults, finds that 60% say that any budget deal must maintain funding for […]

PublicationsAugust 13, 2015

Continued Bipartisan Support for Expanded Background Checks on Gun Sales

Survey Report Two years after the failure of Senate legislation to expand background checks on gun purchases, the public continues to overwhelmingly support making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks. Currently, 85% of Americans – including large majorities of Democrats (88%) and Republicans (79%) – favor expanded background checks, […]

PublicationsJune 8, 2015

Support for Same-Sex Marriage at Record High, but Key Segments Remain Opposed

Public support for allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally continues its rapid rise: A 57% majority of Americans now favor allowing same-sex marriage, up from 42% just five years ago.

PublicationsApril 16, 2015

Less Support for Death Penalty, Especially Among Democrats

A majority of Americans favor the death penalty for those convicted of murder, but support is at a 40-year low.

PublicationsDecember 10, 2014

Growing Public Support for Gun Rights

Survey Report For the first time in more than two decades of Pew Research Center surveys, there is more support for gun rights than gun control. Currently, 52% say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns, while 46% say it is more important to control gun ownership. Support for […]

PublicationsJuly 29, 2013

Widening Regional Divide over Abortion Laws

While the balance of opinion toward abortion nationwide has remained largely steady over the past 20 years, there are widening disparities in public attitudes on the issue across different regions of the country. Opposition to legal abortion is highest in parts of the South – including Texas, which recently passed sweeping new abortion restrictions. […]

PublicationsJuly 22, 2013

Big Racial Divide over Zimmerman Verdict

The public is divided over the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial and over the conversation about race that has surrounded it. The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted July 17-21 among 1,480 adults nationwide finds roughly as many satisfied with the verdict in the case (39%) as dissatisfied […]

PublicationsJuly 15, 2013

Modest Public Interest in Close of Zimmerman Trial

The final days of the trial of George Zimmerman, which concluded July 13 with a verdict of not guilty, attracted relatively modest public interest overall. In a weekend survey, 26% say they were following news about the trial very closely. This is lower than interest in the initial controversy over Trayvon Martin’s shooting when […]

PublicationsJuly 1, 2013

Public Divided over Same-Sex Marriage Rulings

The public is divided over last week’s Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage: 45% approve of the court’s decisions, while 40% disapprove. The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center conducted June 27-30 among 1,003 adults, finds that most Americans are aware of the ruling and its implications. Two-thirds (66%) know that the […]

PublicationsJune 24, 2013

Final Court Rulings: Public Equally Interested in Voting Rights, Gay Marriage

A new poll finds that the public is as interested in the Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on the Voting Rights Act as in its long-awaited decisions on same-sex marriage. Roughly a third of Americans (35% each) say they are very interested in both how the court will rule on whether parts of the Voting […]

PublicationsJune 6, 2013

Changing Attitudes on Same Sex Marriage, Gay Friends and Family

As support for gay marriage continues to grow, 72% of Americans say that legal recognition of same-sex marriage is “inevitable.” This includes 85% of gay marriage supporters, as well as 59% of its opponents. The new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that, for the first time, just over half (51%) the public favors […]