ReligionJune 9, 2015

Where Europe stands on gay marriage and civil unions

Ireland is the 14th European nation to change its laws to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.

U.S. PoliticsJune 8, 2015

Record Support for Same-Sex Marriage

Public support for allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally continues its rapid rise: A 57% majority of Americans now favor allowing same-sex marriage, up from 42% just five years ago.

ReligionMay 28, 2015

5 facts about the death penalty

Although there have been fewer executions in recent years than there were in the 1990s, 31 states still have the death penalty on their books, as does the federal government.

ReligionMay 26, 2015

Lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans differ from general public in their religious affiliations

A majority of LGB adults are religiously affiliated, but they are much less likely to be Christian than the general public and are more drawn to smaller, non-Christian denominations.

MethodsMay 14, 2015

Methods can matter: Where Web surveys produce different results than phone interviews

A Pew Research Center experiment found several key areas where Web surveys produced different results than those conducted by phone.

May 8, 2015

Americans’ ideal family size is smaller than it used to be

Half of Americans (48%) say two is the ideal number of children for a family to have, reflecting a decades-long preference for a smaller family over a larger one.

April 28, 2015

Among transgender adults, stories about a ‘difficult’ transition

For many, being transgender is a core part of their overall identity, even if they may not widely share this fact about themselves with many people in their lives.

U.S. PoliticsApril 22, 2015

America’s death row population is shrinking

While most Americans continue to favor the death penalty for murder convictions, far fewer people are receiving death sentences than in years past.

U.S. PoliticsApril 17, 2015

Despite lower crime rates, support for gun rights increases

In December 2014, the balance of opinion flipped: For the first time, more Americans say protecting gun rights (52%) is more important than controlling gun ownership (46%).

U.S. PoliticsApril 16, 2015

Less Support for Death Penalty, Especially Among Democrats

A majority of Americans favor the death penalty for those convicted of murder, but support is at a 40-year low. Much of the decline in support since the mid-1990s has come among Democrats.