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.

GlobalApril 9, 2015

How Americans and Japanese see each other

We asked people in both countries if they associated particular words such as “hardworking,” “inventive” or “selfish” with people in the other country.

ReligionMarch 30, 2015

Americans split over whether businesses must serve same-sex couples

A new Indiana religious freedom law has sparked national debate. Some say it strengthens protection of religious liberty, while others say it could provide legal cover for businesses to discriminate. The U.S. public is divided over these types of issues.

GlobalMarch 12, 2015

How do Americans stand out from the rest of the world?

Americans are set apart from people in other nations we surveyed by their emphasis on individualism and work ethic, as well as their religiosity and optimism.

ReligionMarch 6, 2015

Americans are still divided on why people are gay

Four-in-ten Americans said being gay or lesbian is “just the way some choose to live,” while a similar share said that “people are born gay or lesbian.”