About six-in-ten Americans support marijuana legalization
About six-in-ten Americans (61%) say the use of marijuana should be legalized, reflecting a steady increase over the past decade, according to a Pew Research Center survey. The survey, conducted in October, finds that the share of U.S. adults who support marijuana legalization is little changed from about a year ago – when 57% favored it – but it is nearly double what it was in 2000 (31%).
Most think the ‘American dream’ is within reach for them
Most Americans say they have achieved the “American dream” or are on their way to achieving it. Yet, the American dream means different things to different people.
How countries around the world view democracy, military rule and other political systems
Many around the world say representative democracy is a good way to run their country. Compare global views of political systems and read six key findings.
Republicans’ optimism about future of GOP declines
The share of Republicans who are very or somewhat pessimistic about the future of the Republican Party has nearly doubled since December 2016.
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” […]
Democratic voters are increasingly likely to call their views liberal
The share of Democrats who describe their political views as liberal has steadily risen and is now 20 percentage points higher than in 2000.
Republicans Divided in Views of Trump’s Conduct; Democrats Are Broadly Critical
A majority of Republicans express mixed or negative feelings about Donald Trump’s conduct as president, while nearly nine-in-ten Democrats don’t like the way he conducts himself.
Partisan Shifts in Views of the Nation, but Overall Opinions Remain Negative
Republicans have become far more upbeat about the country and its future since before Donald Trump’s election victory. By contrast, Democrats have become much less positive.
Most Americans view openness to foreigners as ‘essential to who we are as a nation’
Many Americans say the country’s openness to foreigners is a defining characteristic of the nation.
Globally, more people see U.S. power and influence as a major threat
Across 30 nations, a median of 38% now say U.S. power and influence poses a major threat to their country, up 13 percentage points from 2013.