What the Public Knows — In Pictures, Words, Maps and Graphs
The latest Pew Research Center News IQ survey finds that, nearly half a century after the death of Martin Luther King Jr., an overwhelming majority of Americans (91%) are able to identify the civil rights leader from his picture.
Public Views on U.S. Labor Unions
The share of wage and salary workers in the U.S. who belong to labor unions has fallen by about half since 1983. Americans express mixed views on the impact this long-term decline has had on the country.
Views of Supreme Court Little Changed as Major Rulings Loom
Public views of the Supreme Court are little changed since last summer, following the court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case and other end-of-term decisions.
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.