April 13, 2016

Americans divided on how much they trust their neighbors

Just half of Americans (52%) say they trust all or most of their neighbors, while a similar share (48%) say they trust some or none of their neighbors. Neighborly trust also varies between demographic groups.

April 8, 2016

From multiracial children to gender identity, what some demographers are studying now

The nation’s largest annual demography conference, the Population Association of America meeting, featured new research on topics including couples who live in separate homes, children of multiracial couples, transgender Americans, immigration law enforcement and how climate change affects migration.

ReligionApril 8, 2016

On abortion, persistent divides between – and within – the two parties

As Americans await a decision in the Supreme Court’s first abortion case in years, a slim majority (56%) now think abortion should be legal in all or most cases. About four-in-ten (41%) say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. The balance of opinion on this issue has ticked back toward support for […]

Media & NewsMarch 28, 2016

Changing a social media profile picture is one way to express support or solidarity

In the wake of attacks in Brussels and in Lahore, Pakistan, some social media users are changing their profile pictures to express solidarity with victims and the people of these countries. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have become a common way for Americans to get news, but they also can provide a way for […]

HispanicFebruary 24, 2016

Hispanic, black parents see college degree as key for children’s success

Hispanic and black parents are significantly more likely than white parents to place a high priority on college education for their children.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 5, 2016

5 facts about guns in the United States

Americans have shown broad and consistent support for expanded background checks for gun purchasers, but this has proven more contentious in practice than in principle. And the GOP holds a slight advantage over the Democratic Party in reflecting the public’s views about gun control.

ReligionDecember 21, 2015

Where Christian churches, other religions stand on gay marriage

In the last two decades, several religious groups have moved to allow same-sex couples to marry within their traditions.

ReligionDecember 18, 2015

Most U.S. Christian groups grow more accepting of homosexuality

Acceptance of homosexuality is rising across the broad spectrum of American Christianity, including among members of churches that strongly oppose homosexual relationships as sinful.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 11, 2015

Patriotic, honest and selfish: How Americans describe … Americans

Americans pull no punches when assessing the strengths and weaknesses of their fellow citizens.

ReligionDecember 2, 2015

Religious groups’ policies on transgender members vary widely

Religious institutions are starting to formally address the participation of transgender people in their congregations, much as they have with the issue of accepting homosexuals.