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%).
Restrictions and Hostilities in the Most Populous Countries: 2013
Among the world’s 25 most populous countries, Burma (Myanmar), Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and Russia stand out as having the highest levels restrictions on religion (as of the end of 2013).
Global Restrictions on Religion
Social hostilities involving religion declined in 2013, while government restrictions remained level. But harassment of Jews reached a seven-year high.
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.
Sharp Racial Divisions in Reactions to Brown, Garner Decisions
More Americans support the grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case than in the death of Michael Brown. There are wide racial differences in reactions to both.
Ferguson highlights deep divisions between blacks and whites in America
One of the most persistent gaps between blacks and whites involves their levels of confidence in police.
Crime and Corruption Top Problems in Emerging and Developing Countries
A median of 83% of people across 34 emerging and developing economies say crime is a very big problem in their country, and 76% say the same about corrupt political leaders.
Latino confidence in local police lower than among whites
About half of Hispanics say they have a great deal or a fair amount of confidence in their local police force to not use excessive force on suspects and to treat people equally regardless of race or ethnicity.
Police Forces Nationally Get Low Marks From Public
Most Americans give relatively low marks to police departments around the country for holding officers accountable for misconduct, using the appropriate amount of force, and treating racial and ethnic groups equally.
Stark Racial Divisions in Reactions to Ferguson Police Shooting
Blacks are about twice as likely as whites to say that the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., raises important issues about race and that police have gone too far in responding to the shooting’s aftermath.