Fact Tank Oct. 11, 2013

Conservatives continue to oppose same-sex marriage but by smaller margins

Support for same-sex marriage has been growing in recent years, with half (50%) of Americans now in favor and 43% opposed.

Oct. 9, 2013

Study: Polls may underestimate anti-gay sentiment and size of gay, lesbian population

A study using a novel research method raises questions.

Religion Oct. 1, 2013

A Portrait of Jewish Americans

American Jews overwhelmingly say they are proud to be Jewish and have a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish people, but their identity is also changing: 22% of American Jews now say they have no religion.

Sep. 30, 2013

Study: Opposition to same-sex marriage may be understated in public opinion polls

Blame “social desirability” bias.

Fact Tank Sep. 19, 2013

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.

Fact Tank Sep. 16, 2013

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 […]

Fact Tank Sep. 11, 2013

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.

Aug. 28, 2013

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 […]

Aug. 28, 2013

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 […]

Pew Research Center Aug. 27, 2013

Race in America: Key Data Points

In the 50 years since Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech,” fewer than half of Americans say the country has made substantial progress towards racial equality. In asurvey conducted August 2013, 45% of all Americans said the country had made substantial progress toward racial equality, 36% said some progress had been made and […]