Pew Research Center Mar. 21, 2007

Death Penalty on Hold

After 897 executions by lethal injection over the past 25 years, the role of doctors in carrying out the death penalty is surfacing as the latest ethical issue to force a re-examination of capital punishment in the United States.

Pew Research Center Mar. 1, 2007

Gay Marriage Ripe for Court Decisions in Three States

A Stateline.org backgrounder examines the issue of gay marriage three years after a historic Massachusetts court ruling legalized same-sex marriage in the state. All eyes are now on the highest courts in California, Connecticut and Maryland, where decisions on the constitutionality of gay marriage are likely this year.

Religion Feb. 28, 2007

Same-Sex Marriage in California: Legal and Political Prospects

Experts debate a pending state Supreme Court decision and the larger societal issues involved.

Feb. 22, 2007

Americans and Social Trust: Who, Where and Why

Just under half of Americans say most people can be trusted, while 50% say you can’t be too careful, a new Pew survey finds. Whites are more trusting than blacks or Hispanics. High income folks are more trusting than those with low incomes. The married are more trusting than the unmarried. The old are more trusting than the young. And rural folks are more trusting than their city cousins.

Pew Research Center Jan. 17, 2007

Lethal Injection on Trial

Already effectively on hold in 12 states, the death penalty will come under further attack in state legislatures and courts this year. In particular, lethal injection, once seen as a more humane alternative to the gas chamber, electric chair, firing squad or gallows now faces serious challenges.

U.S. Politics Jan. 9, 2007

A Portrait of “Generation Next”

A new generation has come of age, shaped by an unprecedented revolution in technology and dramatic events both at home and abroad. They are Generation Next, the cohort of young adults who have grown up with personal computers, cell phones and the internet and are now taking their place in a world where the only constant is rapid change.