Conservative Group Snubs Chris Christie


New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was recently snubbed by the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC), which did not add him to the roster of conservative luminaries who will speak at this year’s conference. Nate Silver concludes that Christie’s honeymoon with the GOP is over.

Gaps Between Hispanics, Republicans on Issues Addressed in the State of the Union


Despite the GOP’s recent efforts to reach out to Hispanic Americans, public opinion data shows that Republicans and Hispanic Americans tend to disagree on the issues mentioned in President Obama’s State of the Union address and Senator Marco Rubio‚Äôs response.

The State of the Union: Divided


Just before President Obama delivered his fourth State of the Union address to Congress, Dr. Robert P. Jones outlined the state of public opinion on the issues that Obama was likely to address in his speech.

Teen Pregnancy Rates Fall in New York City


New data shows that teen pregnancy rates in New York City have plunged 27% over the past decade. Over this time, the city has worked to make it easier for teenagers to access condoms and other contraceptives. A slim majority of Americans favor allowing methods of birth control to be available to teenagers age 16 and older without parental approval.

The State of the Union: Divided


Less than a week before President Obama addresses Congress in his fourth State of the Union speech, our weekly graphic shows a divided nation on many of the issues that Obama is likely to address.

3-in-10 Americans See God’s Hand in Sporting Outcomes


Don’t necessarily blame the refs when your team loses – a significant number of Americans report that God has a hand in determining winners and losers in sports games.

Most Jewish Americans Voted on Economic Justice, Not Israel


Most Jewish voters were drawn to the polls last November by economic justice concerns, rather than issues related to Israel, according to a new poll from Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring. In our Jewish Values Survey last spring, we found that only 4% of American Jews named Israel as their top voting priority for the 2012.

Does Being Religiously Unaffiliated Lead to Mental Health Issues?


Does being religiously unaffiliated lead to mental health issues? For more on the diversity of religiously unaffiliated people’s beliefs, see our recent survey.

Has Gun Control Dropped Off the Media’s Radar?


As some predicted, media discussion about gun control took a sharp dip during the holidays, and has now petered out to a pre-Newtown level. A majority of Americans favor stricter gun control laws, but a policy change may require renewed attention from the media.

Almost 20 States Passed Abortion Restrictions in 2012


According to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute, abortion remained a controversial issue, with 43 new laws in 19 states restricting access to abortion services. A majority of Americans believe abortion should be legal, but their views about its morality are far more complex.