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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.