Most Americans trust the military and scientists to act in the public’s interest
Three-quarters or more of Americans are confident in the military, medical scientists and scientists in general to act in the best interests of the public. But fewer than half report similar confidence in the news media, business leaders and elected officials.
Americans more tolerant of offensive speech than others in the world
Enshrined in the Bill of Rights, free expression is a bedrock American principle, and Americans tend to express stronger support for free expression than many others around the world.
Most Americans say children are better off with a parent at home
Though both parents work full time in 46% of two-parent U.S. households, most Americans say children with two parents are better off when one stays home.
Deep divides between, within parties on public debates about LGBT issues
Contentious debates have emerged on whether wedding business must offer service to same-sex couples, and over use of public restrooms by transgender people.
Americans are divided over which public bathrooms transgender people should use
Americans are divided about the contentious debate over the rights of transgender people to use public restrooms of their current gender identity.
Support for death penalty lowest in more than four decades
The share of Americans who support the death penalty for persons convicted of murder is now at its lowest point in more than four decades.
The Racial Confidence Gap in Police Performance
Blacks and whites in the U.S. disagree over police performance and differ on the causes of fatal encounters between blacks and police.
Key findings about Americans’ views on religious liberty and nondiscrimination
Our new survey focusing on contraception, same-sex marriage and transgender rights finds the public closely divided over some – though not all – of these issues.
Video: The Scientific and Ethical Elements of Human Enhancement
Human enhancement may be just around the corner. How do Americans view these emerging technologies that may one day enhance our human capabilities?
Americans skeptical about the potential use of synthetic blood
Americans are more worried than excited or enthusiastic about the potential for healthy people to use synthetic blood (63% vs. 36%). And a majority of Americans – roughly six-in-ten – said they would not want synthetic blood substitutes in their own body to improve their abilities, while 35% would be open to it.