Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Majority Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana
For the first time in more than four decades of polling on the issue, a majority of Americans favors legalizing the use of marijuana.
Broad Support for Keystone XL Pipeline
Two-thirds of Americans (66%) favor building the pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada’s oil sands region through the Midwest to refineries in Texas.
Most Support Legal Status for Illegal Immigrants
Most Americans say unauthorized immigrants should be allowed to stay, but there is less agreement on whether they should be able to apply for U.S. citizenship.
Favorable Views of Supreme Court Remain Low
As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on two same-sex marriage cases, the public’s views of the court have changed only modestly. They have remained low since the court’s ruling to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act.
Obama Job Approval Slips as Economic Pessimism Rises
Barack Obama’s job approval rating has tumbled since shortly after his re-election, as the public’s economic expectations for the coming year have soured.
Same-Sex Marriage: Changing Minds, New Demographics
While much of the shift in support for gay marriage is due to the Millennial generation, equally important is that 14% of Americans — and 28% of gay marriage supporters — have changed their minds.
Public Remains Supportive of Israel, Wary of Iran
As Barack Obama arrives in the Middle East this week, the sympathies of the American public remain firmly with Israel in its dispute with the Palestinians.
After 10 Years, Iraq War Still Divisive
A decade after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the public offers a divided judgment of the war and of the original decision to use military force in Iraq.
Why Own a Gun? Protection Is Now Top Reason
Far more gun owners today than in 1999 cite protection – rather than hunting or other activities – as the main reason they own guns. Among the majority of Americans who do not have guns, safety is a major concern.
Public’s Views of Economic News Remain Mixed
As federal spending cuts take effect and the stock market has reached record highs, the public continues to say they are hearing a mix of good and bad news about the economy.