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. Much of the decline in support since the mid-1990s has come among Democrats.
Why Americans Support or Oppose Legalizing Marijuana
Supporters of marijuana legalization cite its perceived health benefits, or see it as no more dangerous than other drugs. To opponents, it is a dangerous drug, one that inflicts damage on people and society more generally.
Sharp Differences in Party Affiliation
A new analysis of long-term trends in party affiliation finds wide demographic differences in the groups that identify as Republicans and Democrats. Meanwhile, the share of political independents is at a 75-year high.
Campaign 2016: Modest Interest, High Stakes
The 2016 presidential campaign is starting out with lower voter interest than at the same point in 2008. But there are already stark differences in how possible Democratic and Republican fields are shaping up.
Views of U.S.-Iran Nuclear Negotiations
More Americans approve (49%) than disapprove (40%) of the U.S. negotiating directly with Iran over its nuclear program. But most are skeptical of whether Iranian leaders are serious about the issue.
Federal Tax System Seen in Need of Overhaul
Americans’ top complaint about the tax system is not the amount they pay in taxes, but the feeling that some corporations and wealthy people do not pay their fair share.
More Interest Among GOP in Clinton Emails, Netanyahu
While no one story dominated Americans’ news interest last week, news of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account and Netanyahu’s speech to Congress drew more interest from Republicans than Democrats.
Views of Government Policies Since Start of Great Recession
Majorities say that post-recession policies have helped large banks, large corporations and the wealthy, but not small businesses, the middle class or the poor.
More View Netanyahu Favorably Than Unfavorably
Four-in-ten (38%) have a favorable view of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, compared with 27% who hold an unfavorable view. But 35% express no opinion, including many (23%) who have never heard of him.
Dems Have More Positive Image, But GOP Runs Even or Ahead on Key Issues
While majorities say the Democratic Party is open and tolerant, the Republican Party runs even with them on the economy and immigration and holds double-digit leads over the Democrats on terrorism, foreign policy and taxes.