U.S. Politics Dec. 14, 2012

Public Attitudes toward Gun Control

Public opinion on previous mass shootings has been divided and unchanged.

Religion Dec. 7, 2012

Gay Marriage and Public Opinion

The Supreme Court decided Friday to review two same-sex marriage cases. Our research package examines public opinion and religious groups’ views on the issue over time, as well as legal angles.

Global Dec. 4, 2012

Anti-Americanism Down in Europe, but a Values Gap Persists

Europeans generally reacted to President Obama’s re-election with a mixture of excitement and relief, just as they did four years ago.

U.S. Politics Nov. 9, 2012

Behind Gay Marriage Momentum, Regional Gaps Persist

While support for gay marriage is on the rise nationwide, there are wide regional differences in the level of support, which is strongest in New England and weakest in the South.

Religion Nov. 7, 2012

The Gay Marriage Debate: Where It Stands

In recent years, the debate over same-sex marriage has grown from an issue that occasionally arose in a few states to a nationwide controversy. A special report by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life describes the various dimensions of the controversy.

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Religion Sep. 27, 2012

Map: Controversies Over Mosques and Islamic Centers Across the U.S.

This interactive map provides a brief overview, based on news reports, of 35 proposed mosques and Islamic centers that have encountered community resistance in the last two years.

U.S. Politics Aug. 22, 2012

The Complicated Politics of Abortion

Following Missouri GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin’s controversial comments about abortion, our summary looks at previous public opinion reports on abortion among Democrats and Republicans and in the campaign.

U.S. Politics Jul. 31, 2012

Two-Thirds of Democrats Now Support Gay Marriage

Reports that the Democratic Party may add support for gay marriage to its party platform are in keeping with a significant shift of opinion on this issue among Democrats nationwide. A new report finds that support for same-sex marriage among Democrats has jumped from 50% in 2008 to 65% today.

U.S. Politics Jul. 30, 2012

Views on Gun Laws Unchanged After Aurora Shooting

There has been no significant change in public views on the issue of gun control and gun rights following the July 20th shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Other recent major shootings also had little effect on public opinion about gun laws.

Religion Jul. 26, 2012

Little Voter Discomfort with Romney’s Mormon Religion

A new Pew Research Center poll finds that voters have limited awareness of Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith and Barack Obama’s religion. And there is little evidence to suggest that concerns about the candidates’ respective faiths will have a meaningful impact in the 2012 fall elections.