Fact Tank Sep. 19, 2013

Majority of U.S. Catholics’ opinions run counter to church on contraception, homosexuality

Three-quarters of U.S. Catholics say the church should permit birth control, about half favor same-sex marriage and just a third (33%) say homosexual behavior is a sin.

Fact Tank Sep. 16, 2013

Miss America pageant puts Indian Americans in the spotlight

This past weekend, for the first time in its history, the Miss America pageant crowned an Indian American as the winner. The announcement was followed by a barrage of tweets disparaging the beauty queen’s ethnic heritage and questioning whether her Indian background makes her less “American.” The new Miss America is 24-year-old Nina Davuluri of […]

Fact Tank Sep. 11, 2013

Colorado recall points to greater intensity among gun-rights supporters

Supporters of gun-rights tend to feel more strongly about their position, and more willing to act on it politically, than backers of gun-control legislation.

Aug. 28, 2013

The black-white and urban-rural divides in perceptions of racial fairness

A recent Pew Research Center survey asked Americans of all races how black people are treated relative to whites by the police, the court system and other institutions in their community. The results show a large and consistent black-white gap in perceptions, with blacks far more likely than whites to say African Americans are treated […]

Aug. 28, 2013

King’s “I have a dream” speech, by the numbers

Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech 50 years ago today on Washington D.C.’s National Mall and Memorial Parks has become one of the most famous, and quoted, pieces of oratory in U.S. history (though that wasn’t apparent to everyone at the time). But how well have the aspirations King so memorably expressed been realized? We ran […]

Aug. 22, 2013

Slideshow: King’s Dream Remains Elusive Goal

Key findings from the report, “King’s Dream Remains an Elusive Goal; Many Americans See Racial Disparities”

Aug. 22, 2013

King’s Dream Remains an Elusive Goal

Five decades after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C., fewer than half (45%) of Americans say the country has made substantial progress toward racial equality.

Fact Tank Aug. 20, 2013

Half of Americans say sexual orientation cannot be changed

While half of Americans say that a gay or lesbian person’s sexual orientation cannot be changed, 36% say it can.

Religion Aug. 15, 2013

Abortion Viewed in Moral Terms

Most Americans think that having an abortion is a moral issue, but the public is much less likely to see other issues involving human embryos – such as stem cell research or in vitro fertilization – as a matter of morality.

Fact Tank Aug. 8, 2013

Racial and ethnic groups view “radical life extension” differently

Blacks and Hispanics (46% each) are somewhat more inclined than whites (34%) to say they would want treatments to dramatically extend life.