Continued Bipartisan Support for Expanded Background Checks
The public continues to overwhelmingly support making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks, as well as laws to prevent people with mental illness from purchasing guns.
Across Racial Lines, More Say Nation Needs to Make Changes to Achieve Racial Equality
Over the past year, there has been a substantial rise in the share of Americans — across racial and ethnic groups — who say the country needs to continue making changes to give blacks equal rights with whites.
Negative Views of Supreme Court at Record High
Following major, end-of-term rulings on the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage, unfavorable opinions of the Supreme Court have reached a 30-year high.
GOP’s Rating Takes a Negative Turn
The Republican Party’s favorability rating has grown more negative over the first half of this year. Currently, 32% have a favorable impression of the GOP, while 60% have an unfavorable view. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party continues to have mixed ratings.
A Year Later, U.S. Campaign Against ISIS Garners Support
Nearly a year after the United States launched its first airstrikes against ISIS, the public remains broadly supportive of the military campaign.
Americans Skeptical of Iran Nuclear Deal
More Americans disapprove than approve of the deal struck last week by the U.S., Iran and five other nations to limit Iran’s nuclear program. Americans also have little confidence that Iran’s leaders will uphold their side of the agreement.
Support Grows for U.S. Ties With Cuba
In the U.S., support for restoring ties with Cuba rose across nearly all partisan groups, as the two countries moved this week to end more than 50 years of diplomatic conflict.
Record Support for Same-Sex Marriage
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.
Public Views of Immigration
There is broad public support for a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants in the U.S. But other opinions on immigration, including views of legal immigration, are more mixed.
Public Continues to Back U.S. Drone Attacks
Americans continue to support U.S. drone strikes targeting extremists in countries such as Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, despite ongoing concerns that drone attacks endanger lives of innocent civilians.