Economy

Has Gun Control Dropped Off the Media’s Radar?

[01.04.2013]

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

[01.03.2013]

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.

Was the “Mormon Moment” More of a Blip?

[12.20.2012]

A new Pew survey reveals that despite Mitt Romney’s lengthy run for office and his much-publicized Mormon faith, 82% of Americans say they learned little to nothing about Mormonism during the 2012 campaign.

Is the NRA’s Influence Weakening?

[12.18.2012]

As Americans continue to struggle last week’s tragic shooting, many are looking to clergy to explain how a loving God could have allowed these events to occur. Meanwhile, in this week’s graphic, Americans’ opinions about the best way to prevent mass shootings in the future.

How Do Top Earners Feel About Being Taxed More Heavily?

[12.14.2012]

How do top earners feel about being taxed more heavily? More than 6-in-10 Americans who make more than $100,000 a year agree that the government should raise taxes on those who make more than $250,000 a year.

Did the Auto Bailout Decide the Election?

[12.10.2012]

At the Washington Post, Georgetown professor Dan Hopkins argues that the auto bailout didn’t decide the election. Roughly 6-in-10 voters nationally (59%), in Ohio (59%), and in battleground states (61%), agree that the government should have acted to help the American auto industry.

Former President George W. Bush Speaks Out on Immigration

[12.05.2012]

In a rare public statement, former president George W. Bush called for an immigration debate shaped by “benevolent spirit.”

After Divisive Election, Voters Support Balanced Approach to Budget Crisis

[12.03.2012]

In this week’s column for Figuring Faith, Dr. Robert P. Jones outlines why politicians should move past ideological logjams as they seek to find a solution to the impending fiscal cliff.

Gay Rights Activists Look for New Faith Outreach

[12.03.2012]

After successes with several state ballot initiatives, gay rights activists are looking for new kinds of faith outreach. As our research shows, religious Americans are on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate.

The (Continued) Politics of Racial Resentment

[11.28.2012]

Affiliated Scholar Paul A. Djupe explores data which sheds light on the level of racial resentment toward Obama among white Americans.