Half Say View of Obama Not Affected by Gay Marriage Decision
Roughly half of Americans (52%) say Barack Obama’s expression of support for gay marriage did not affect their opinion of the president.
More Support for Gun Rights, Gay Marriage than in 2008 or 2004
Opinions about a pair of contentious social issues, gun control and gay marriage, have changed substantially since previous presidential campaigns. On gun control, Americans have become more conservative; on gay marriage, they have become more liberal.
Public Divided Over Birth Control Insurance Mandate
Americans are closely divided over whether religiously-affiliated institutions should be given an exemption if they object to a proposed federal rule requiring employers to cover birth control as part of their health care benefits.
Shifting Political Winds
Americans’ are less discontent with the federal government but no more ready for political compromise. Views of Congress remain heavily negative, while Obama’s ratings stay positive. On social issues, the public is, for the first time, evenly split on gay marriage, while support for legal abortion, legalized marijuana — but not gun control — have all risen.
Most Still Oppose Gay Marriage, but Support for Civil Unions Continues to Rise
A 57% majority of Americans support civil unions, continuing a long-term trend of increasing support, but a majority still opposes same-sex marriage. The issue continues to sharply divide religious and political groups.
Michael Vick Case Draws Large Audience
The Atlanta Falcons quarterback’s legal troubles were last week’s most followed news. Opinions of media coverage of the story showed a sharp racial divide with blacks far more critical than whites.
’Enthusiasm Gap’ Favors Democrats This Year
A new poll finds Democrats more eager to vote, but also less happy with their party.
Diminishing Divide on Cultural Issues?
Even as divisive policy debates continue, public acceptance of homosexual marriage, adoption and military has increased.