Jan 19, 2015

On MLK Day, a look at black and white America

Nearly 47 years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, blacks and whites in the United States in many ways continue to live starkly different lives.

U.S. PoliticsJan 9, 2015

A public opinion trend that matters: Priorities for gun policy

Surveys have found a shift in gun policy attitudes over time. Here’s a look at how public opinion on the subject is measured.

U.S. PoliticsDec 10, 2014

Growing Public Support for Gun Rights

Support for gun rights has edged up from earlier this year, and marks a shift in attitudes since shortly after the Newtown school shootings. For the first time in our surveys, there is more support for gun rights than gun control.

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ReligionNov 13, 2014

Religion and Morality in Latin America

Even though Catholic Church teaching forbids behaviors like suicide and homosexuality, Protestants across Latin America are more likely than Catholics to see many issues as morally unacceptable.

ReligionOct 16, 2014

Young U.S. Catholics overwhelmingly accepting of homosexuality

The Roman Catholic Church signaled a more accepting stance toward gay people in a report bishops released during the Vatican’s synod on the family this week, a position already embraced by a majority of American Catholics, particularly younger adults.

ReligionOct 15, 2014

Gay marriage arrives in the South, where the public is less enthused

Nationwide, 52% of Americans support gay marriage. In the South, 44% of people support gay marriage – well below the East (61%), West (58%) and Midwest (52%).

ReligionOct 7, 2014

Blacks are lukewarm to gay marriage, but most say businesses must provide wedding services to gay couples

African Americans remain less likely than white Americans to support same-sex marriage, as has been the case for several years. But at the same time, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that a majority of blacks – a significantly bigger share than among whites – say that wedding-related businesses, such as caterers or florists, […]

ReligionOct 6, 2014

What today’s Supreme Court decision means for gay marriage

Today’s decision settles the issue in some states, but it has not ended the battle over same-sex marriage.

ReligionSep 25, 2014

National Congregations Study finds more church acceptance of gays and lesbians

A new survey of American religious congregations finds that in recent years, more churches have become welcoming to openly gay and lesbian couples.

ReligionSep 22, 2014

Public Sees Religion’s Influence Waning

Nearly three-quarters of Americans now think religion is losing influence in American life, and most who say this also see it as a bad thing. Perhaps as a consequence, a growing share of the public wants religion to play a role in U.S. politics.