After 17 years of war in Afghanistan, more say U.S. has failed than succeeded in achieving its goals
About half of U.S. adults say the country’s mission in Afghanistan has mostly failed in achieving its goals, while about a third say it has mostly succeeded.
10 years after the financial crisis, Americans are divided on security of U.S. economic system
The U.S. public is about evenly split on whether the U.S. economic system is more secure today than it was before the financial crisis. Republicans are now more likely to view the system as more secure.
Public support for the death penalty ticks up
Public support for the death penalty, which reached a four-decade low in 2016, has increased somewhat since then. Since 2016, opinions among Republicans and Democrats have changed little, but the share of independents favoring the death penalty has increased 8 percentage points.
The Iraq War continues to divide the U.S. public, 15 years after it began
Fifteen years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, the American public is divided over whether using military force was the right decision.
Women and men in both parties say sexual harassment allegations reflect ‘widespread problems in society’
Overall, two-thirds of Americans say recent reports of sexual harassment and assault reflect widespread problems in society.
Prescription drug abuse increasingly seen as a major U.S. public health problem
Americans’ concerns about prescription drug abuse have risen over the past four years, with some of largest increases coming among well-educated adults.
Supporters of stricter gun laws are less likely to contact elected officials
About one-in-five U.S. gun owners say they have ever contacted a public official to express their opinion on gun policy, compared with 12% of non-gun owners.
Views about whether whites benefit from societal advantages split sharply along racial and partisan lines
Issues of race have long divided Americans along racial and partisan lines, and these differences extend to views of whether white people in the U.S. benefit from advantages in society that black people do not have. A majority of Americans (56%) say that white people either benefit “a great deal” (26%) or “a fair amount” […]
Bipartisan support for some gun proposals, stark partisan divisions on many others
Republicans and Democrats find rare common ground on some gun policy proposals in the U.S., but there are sharp partisan differences on other issues.
How Americans are talking about Trump’s election in 6 charts
More than a month after the presidential election, Donald Trump’s victory and his plans for the presidency remain a topic of conversation for most – but not all – Americans. With the holidays approaching, 39% of U.S. adults say their families avoid conversations about politics. Following one of the most divisive campaigns in recent memory, here […]