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July 27, 2022

Americans Want More Action Against Opioid Crisis

By more than a four-to-one margin, Americans say the nation’s problem with opioid drugs is getting worse, not better – and they don’t think President Joe Biden is doing enough to stop it.

March 15, 2022

Most Don’t Blame Police for Shootings

Americans generally have a high opinion of their local police, and barely one-in-five think cops are mostly at fault when a suspect gets shot.

February 25, 2022

61% of Gun Owners Say They Feel Safer

In a dangerous world, most gun owners say being armed gives them a greater sense of safety. 

January 17, 2022

Just 34% Believe MLK’s Dream Has Become a Reality

Barely a third of Americans believe Martin Luther King Jr.’s dreams of equal opportunity in the country are a reality. 

January 14, 2022

Most Think U.S. Race Relations Are Bad

As the nation nears the annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, only a quarter of Americans have a positive view of race relations in the country.

January 4, 2022

More Americans Say Crime Is Worse, Too Many Criminals Turned Loose

After a year in which many cities set new homicide records, a plurality of Americans say crime is getting worse in their communities.

August 26, 2021

Do We Talk Too Much About Race? Americans Disagree

There is substantial agreement among Americans that racism is a serious problem in the country, but they are divided as to whether we talk too much about the subject.

August 6, 2021

Most Americans See Political Correctness As a Threat to Free Speech

“Cancel culture” is everywhere now, and nearly two-thirds of Americans see political correctness as an infringement of free speech.

July 29, 2021

Americans Want More Action Against Opioid Problem

Most Americans don’t think the nation’s opioid drug epidemic is getting better, and only one in five believe President Joe Biden’s administration is doing enough to fight the problem.

July 22, 2021

Who’s More Racist? Not Whites, Americans Say

Americans believe Blacks are more racist than whites, and think Hispanics and Asians are less racist.

June 30, 2021

Do Surveillance Cameras Make Us Safer?

Most Americans believe that surveillance cameras reduce crime and increase public safety, and less than a third worry that they’re being spied on.

June 25, 2021

Olympics: Is It Fair to Make Women Compete Against Transgender Athletes?

As the Tokyo Olympics approach next month, more than half of Americans are against having women compete against transgender athletes.

Fathers Day at Home
June 18, 2021

Father’s Day: 86% Say Two-Parent Homes Important for Children

With Father’s Day approaching, Americans overwhelmingly still believe it’s important for children to grow up in two-parent homes, and think fatherhood is the most important role for men.

Guns and Ammo
May 7, 2021

35% of Gun Owners Bought More Guns in the Past Year

Americans have been on a gun-buying spree the past year, to such an extent that many firearms owners now report difficulty finding enough ammunition.

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April 23, 2021

70% Agree With Chauvin Guilty Verdict, But Most Feel Politics Affected Trial

In the wake of a former Minneapolis police officer’s murder conviction in the death of George Floyd, Americans overwhelming agree with the guilty verdict, but a majority believe politics influenced the outcome.

April 21, 2021

Americans Worry That Anti-Police Rhetoric Endangers Public Safety

In the wake of the George Floyd murder trial, most Americans still support police and worry that criticism of cops will make their communities less safe.

January 19, 2021

Americans Pessimistic About U.S. Race Relations on Eve of Biden Inauguration

Joe Biden campaigned for president on a promise to unite Americans of all races, but on the eve of Biden’s inauguration, Americans remain pessimistic about racial relations in the United States.

July 24, 2020

Americans Say Blacks More Racist Than Whites, Hispanics, Asians

Americans believe blacks are more racist than whites, Hispanics and Asians in this country.

June 25, 2020

31% of Blacks Favor Removing ‘White Jesus’ from Churches

Americans strongly reject the call by a leading Black Lives Matter activist to remove “white Jesus” from churches and elsewhere. His message resonates far stronger among black Americans than others.

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June 24, 2020

Most Say It’s Too Hard to Fire Bad Cops

Americans are critical of police unions and think it’s too difficult to get rid of bad apples on the police force.