Fact Tank May. 28, 2015

5 facts about the death penalty

Although there have been fewer executions in recent years than there were in the 1990s, 31 states still have the death penalty on their books, as does the federal government.

Fact Tank May. 26, 2015

Lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans differ from general public in their religious affiliations

A majority of LGB adults are religiously affiliated, but they are much less likely to be Christian than the general public and are more drawn to smaller, non-Christian denominations.

Fact Tank May. 14, 2015

Methods can matter: Where Web surveys produce different results than phone interviews

A Pew Research Center experiment found several key areas where Web surveys produced different results than those conducted by phone.

May. 8, 2015

Americans’ ideal family size is smaller than it used to be

Half of Americans (48%) say two is the ideal number of children for a family to have, reflecting a decades-long preference for a smaller family over a larger one.

Apr. 28, 2015

Among transgender adults, stories about a ‘difficult’ transition

For many, being transgender is a core part of their overall identity, even if they may not widely share this fact about themselves with many people in their lives.

Fact Tank Apr. 27, 2015

5 facts about same-sex marriage

There has been a dramatic shift in recent years in Americans’ attitudes about gay marriage.

Fact Tank Apr. 22, 2015

America’s death row population is shrinking

While most Americans continue to favor the death penalty for murder convictions, far fewer people are receiving death sentences than in years past.

Fact Tank Apr. 17, 2015

Despite lower crime rates, support for gun rights increases

In December 2014, the balance of opinion flipped: For the first time, more Americans say protecting gun rights (52%) is more important than controlling gun ownership (46%).

U.S. Politics Apr. 16, 2015

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.

Fact Tank Apr. 9, 2015

How Americans and Japanese see each other

We asked people in both countries if they associated particular words such as “hardworking,” “inventive” or “selfish” with people in the other country.