America’s New Drug Policy Landscape
Two-thirds of Americans now say that the government should focus more on providing treatment for drug users, and 63% say states moving away from mandatory sentences for non-violent drug offenders is a good thing.
Concerns about Russia Rise, But Just a Quarter Call Moscow an Adversary
In the wake of Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region, public concern about Russia has increased, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.
Nearly Half of Public Says ‘Right Amount’ of Malaysian Jet Coverage
The public followed news about the missing Malaysia Airlines plane more closely than any other story last week. While the story has attracted extensive news coverage, most Americans do not feel there has been too much coverage of the missing jetliner.
Health Care Law Remains Unpopular
As the fourth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act approaches, the law remains unpopular and there continue to be deep partisan and demographic differences in views of the law. A majority of the law’s opponents, however, want politicians to do what they can to make it work.
Keystone XL Pipeline Divides Democrats
While Republicans and independents continue to favor constructing the Keystone XL pipeline, Democrats are divided. Opposition to the pipeline is most widespread among highly educated Democrats, liberals and Democrats with high family incomes.
Most Say U.S. Should ‘Not Get Too Involved’ in Ukraine Situation
As Russian troops remain in Ukraine’s Crimea region and Crimea’s Parliament has set up a secession vote, Americans prefer the U.S. to not get too involved in the situation.
Hillary Clinton Viewed as Tough, Honest
Hillary Clinton would bring a number of strengths to a potential 2016 presidential bid, from her tenure as secretary of state to her perceived toughness and honesty. But she is not widely seen as having new ideas.
Americans Divided on Growing Number of Deportations
Immigration legislation is stalled in the House, but Americans still broadly support a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants. At the same time, they are divided over the growing number of deportations in recent years.
Mixed Views of Economic News Persist
Over the past year, both the unemployment rate and the share of Americans in the labor force have fallen. The stock market rose during much of 2013, before falling at the start of this year. Through it all, the public’s perceptions of economic news have changed very little.
Public Skeptical of Decision to Hold Olympic Games in Russia
More say it was a bad decision than a good decision to hold the games in Russia. Among those saying it was a bad decision, most cite terrorism and security concerns as a reason they feel this way.