Religion Dec. 19, 2007

The Death Penalty in America

Religious communities have been deeply involved on both sides of the capital punishment issue. As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in a case challenging use of lethal injection, a Pew Forum special report examines the history of the death penalty, arguments before the court and public opinion.

Religion Dec. 18, 2007

Science in America: Religious Belief and Public Attitudes

The combination of widespread religious commitment and leadership in science and technology greatly enlarges the potential for conflict between faith and science in the U.S.

Hispanic Dec. 13, 2007

The Immigration Debate: Controversy Heats Up, Hispanics Feel a Chill

The 2007 National Survey of Latinos finds that Hispanics in the U.S. are feeling a range of negative effects from increased public attention and stepped up enforcement measures.

Nov. 13, 2007

Blacks See Growing Values Gap Between Poor and Middle Class

African Americans see a widening gulf between the values of middle class and poor blacks, and nearly four-in-ten say that because of the diversity within their community, blacks can no longer be thought of as a single race, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

Religion Nov. 1, 2007

Faith and the Public Dialogue: A Conversation with Sen. John Kerry

At a Pew Forum event, the Massachusetts Democrat candidly discusses the propriety of public inquiry into politicians’ religious beliefs and lessons learned from his 2004 presidential bid.

Religion Oct. 15, 2007

A Portrait of Republican Social-Issue Voters

Though much courted by GOP candidates, the impact of this voting bloc on the presidential nominating process remains unclear.

U.S. Politics Oct. 15, 2007

Trends in Attitudes Toward Religion and Social Issues: 1987-2007

As the ’08 elections approach, what are the views of Republicans, Democrats and the general public on “social values” issues? And how have they changed over time?

Religion Oct. 10, 2007

The Right-to-Die Debate and the Tenth Anniversary of Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act

Similar measures considered in several other states have failed in the state legislature or at the ballot box, while polls show the country still divided on the issue.

Pew Research Center Sep. 26, 2007

Lethal Injection Goes on Trial, But Goes On

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on a case brought by two Kentucky prisoners, who argue that the state’s lethal injection drug regimen exposes inmates to illegal cruel and unusual punishment. But – to the disappointment of death-penalty opponents – the use of lethal injection continues.

Pew Research Center Aug. 10, 2007

Democrats Address Gay Community

On Thursday night six Democratic presidential candidates came together for a debate on issues important to the gay community. Candidates took on issues from gay marriage to “don’t ask don’t tell” and addressed a party whose rank-and-file hold ambivalent positions on some issues of concern to gays.