Majorities of Americans say voting in elections, paying taxes and following the law are very important to good citizenship, according to a 2018 survey.
The share of Americans who favor same sex marriage has grown in recent years, though there are still demographic and partisan divides.
Partisan differences are modest among Americans who mention family, career, money or friends as aspects that make their lives meaningful.
Most Americans say they have achieved the "American dream" or are on their way to achieving it. Yet, the American dream means different things to different people.
Beyond partisan differences over economic policies, there are stark divisions on a fundamental question: What makes someone rich or poor?
A majority of Americans see obesity as a very serious public health problem affecting society more broadly, but the public has mixed opinions about what, if anything, the government should do about the issue.
For the first time in more than four decades of polling on the issue, a majority of Americans favors legalizing the use of marijuana.
Nearly three-quarters of Americans say they favor their state allowing the sale and use of marijuana for medical purposes. Support spans all major political and demographic groups. There is less support for general legalization, but the proportion supporting legalizing marijuana use has continued to rise over the past two decades.
A new generation has come of age, shaped by an unprecedented revolution in technology and dramatic events both at home and abroad. They are Generation Next, the cohort of young adults who have grown up with personal computers, cell phones and the internet and are now taking their place in a world where the only constant is rapid change.