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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Slideshow: King’s Dream Remains Elusive Goal
Key findings from the report, “King’s Dream Remains an Elusive Goal; Many Americans See Racial Disparities”
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.
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.
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.
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.