Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware
Violence plunged through the 1990s, but has declined less dramatically since 2000. Despite the drop, 56% of Americans believe gun crime is higher today than 20 years ago.
After Boston, Little Changes in Views of Islam and Violence
The public is split on whether Islam is more likely than other religions to encourage violence among its believers, but there are sizable partisan, demographic and religious differences in views of Islam and violence.
The World’s Muslims
A new global survey of Muslims shows they are deeply committed to their faith and want its teachings to shape not only their personal lives but also their societies and politics.
Infographic: The World’s Muslims
Highlights from the report “The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society”
Rhode Island May Become 10th State to Legalize Gay Marriage
On April 24, the Rhode Island Senate, by a vote of 26-12, passed a measure that would legalize same-sex marriage in the nation’s smallest state. Because the Senate made some technical changes to the bill, the measure must now go back to the Rhode Island House.
Gun Control Conversation Split
On Twitter, the tone of conversation on gun control shifted back and forth, but the NRA faced more criticism than support. The terms “Newtown” and “gun control” dominated the conversation.
Divided Reactions to Last Week’s Senate Gun Vote
The key Senate vote that halted gun control legislation last week is drawing a mixed reaction from the American public: 47% express negative feelings about the vote while 39% have a positive reaction to the Senate’s rejection of gun control legislation that included background checks on gun purchases.
Gun Debate Tops Public Interest
The public is paying far closer attention to news about the gun control debate than news about threats from North Korea or the debate over immigration policy.
N.Y., Washington State Consider Bucking Trend on Abortion
The two states consider measures that run counter to a recent, nationwide trend toward imposing more restrictions on abortion.
Marijuana: Changing Attitudes
Highlights from the report, “Majority Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana.”