Religion Aug. 6, 2013

Americans’ Views of Living to 120, Beyond

If new medical treatments could slow the aging process and allow people to live decades longer, would you want to? Most Americans say no, but roughly two-thirds think that most other people would say yes.

Fact Tank Jul. 31, 2013

The new legal battlefield over abortion

Forty years after Roe v. Wade, the legal battles over abortion are far from over. In 2013 alone, state legislatures have enacted more than 40 new provisions aimed at restricting abortion access.

Fact Tank Jul. 30, 2013

Before pope’s comments, Latin American Catholics expressed acceptance of homosexuality

Pope Francis made headlines yesterday in response to a question about the supposed “gay lobby” in the Vatican. The pope reportedly reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s position that while homosexual acts were sinful, orientation was not. But he added, “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge […]

U.S. Politics Jul. 29, 2013

Widening Regional Divide on Abortion

While just over half of Americans say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, there remain regional differences. Opposition to legal abortion remains highest in the South and lowest in the New England.

Fact Tank Jul. 26, 2013

About four-in-ten Americans live in a household where there is a gun

About four-in-ten Americans report having a gun in their household, either their own or someone else’s.

U.S. Politics Jul. 22, 2013

Big Racial Divide Over Zimmerman Verdict

Blacks are much more likely than whites to express dissatisfaction with the Zimmerman verdict and much more likely to say the case raises important issues about race. Younger Americans are also far more dissatisfied with the verdict than older Americans.

Fact Tank Jul. 22, 2013

The public’s predictions on immigration, gun control bills this year

There’s a pretty good chance that immigration legislation will become law this year. The prospects for enacting a gun control bill are not nearly as promising, according to the American public.

Fact Tank Jul. 16, 2013

Supreme Court same-sex marriage rulings spark state court challenges

Just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decisions on same-sex marriage, LGBT advocates are ramping up legal efforts to expand marriage rights for gays and lesbians at the state level. In five states – Arkansas, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas – gay marriage supporters have filed new lawsuits seeking to legalize same-sex […]

U.S. Politics Jul. 15, 2013

Wide Racial Gap on Who’s Following Zimmerman Trial

The final days of the George Zimmerman trial attracted modest public interest, with 26% following the news very closely. But blacks were twice as likely as whites to say they tracked the trial “very closely.”

U.S. Politics Jul. 1, 2013

Public Divided over Same-Sex Marriage Rulings

Most Americans are aware of the ruling and its implications.