U.S. Politics Apr. 8, 2013

Gun Debate Tops Public Interest

The public is paying far closer attention to news about the gun control debate than news about threats from North Korea or the debate over immigration policy.

Religion Apr. 5, 2013

N.Y., Washington State Consider Bucking Trend on Abortion

The two states consider measures that run counter to a recent, nationwide trend toward imposing more restrictions on abortion.

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U.S. Politics Apr. 4, 2013

Marijuana: Changing Attitudes

Highlights from the report, “Majority Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana.”

U.S. Politics Apr. 4, 2013

Majority Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana

For the first time in more than four decades of polling on the issue, a majority of Americans favors legalizing the use of marijuana.

Pew Research Center Mar. 29, 2013

Yes, More Americans Favor Legalizing Gay Marriage, But Just How Many Do?

By Andrew Kohut Recent polling clearly shows that Americans are much more accepting of same-sex marriage than they were a decade ago. All of the major national polls now find more supporters than opponents of same-sex marriage. But there is no consensus in the polling as to just how many Americans now actually think that […]

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Pew Research Center Mar. 21, 2013

Interactive: “Why Did You Change Your Mind?”

The rise in support for same-sex marriage over the past decade is among the largest changes in opinion on any policy issue over this time period. Fully 14% of all Americans – and 28% of gay marriage supporters – say they have changed their minds on the issue in favor of gay marriage.

Religion Mar. 20, 2013

Supreme Court Takes Up Gay Marriage

On March 26 and 27, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a pair of potentially groundbreaking same-sex marriage cases.

U.S. Politics Mar. 20, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage: Changing Minds, New Demographics

While much of the shift in support for gay marriage is due to the Millennial generation, equally important is that 14% of Americans — and 28% of gay marriage supporters — have changed their minds.

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U.S. Politics Mar. 12, 2013

Gun Rights vs. Gun Control

The Pew Research Center has tracked shifting public opinion on gun rights and gun control over the past 20 years. Explore our polling data to discover how demographics influence public opinion on guns.

U.S. Politics Mar. 12, 2013

Why Own a Gun? Protection Is Now Top Reason

Far more gun owners today than in 1999 cite protection – rather than hunting or other activities – as the main reason they own guns. Among the majority of Americans who do not have guns, safety is a major concern.