Public support for the death penalty ticks up
Public support for the death penalty, which reached a four-decade low in 2016, has increased somewhat since then. Since 2016, opinions among Republicans and Democrats have changed little, but the share of independents favoring the death penalty has increased 8 percentage points.
The Iraq War continues to divide the U.S. public, 15 years after it began
Fifteen years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, the American public is divided over whether using military force was the right decision.
Women and men in both parties say sexual harassment allegations reflect ‘widespread problems in society’
Overall, two-thirds of Americans say recent reports of sexual harassment and assault reflect widespread problems in society.
Prescription drug abuse increasingly seen as a major U.S. public health problem
Americans’ concerns about prescription drug abuse have risen over the past four years, with some of largest increases coming among well-educated adults.
Supporters of stricter gun laws are less likely to contact elected officials
About one-in-five U.S. gun owners say they have ever contacted a public official to express their opinion on gun policy, compared with 12% of non-gun owners.
Views about whether whites benefit from societal advantages split sharply along racial and partisan lines
Bipartisan support for some gun proposals, stark partisan divisions on many others
Republicans and Democrats find rare common ground on some gun policy proposals in the U.S., but there are sharp partisan differences on other issues.
How Americans are talking about Trump’s election in 6 charts
Support for death penalty lowest in more than four decades
The share of Americans who support the death penalty for persons convicted of murder is now at its lowest point in more than four decades.
Ahead of debates, many voters don’t know much about where Trump, Clinton stand on major issues
Only 48% of voters say they know “a lot” about where Clinton stands on the issues facing the nation, while even fewer (41%) say this about Trump.