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Gallup Vault

Americans were split on how the House Un-American Activities Committee handled its hearings, but leaned toward punishing those who didn't cooperate.

Thirty years ago, Gallup found fewer than one in two Americans (38%) favored the death penalty for persons convicted of dealing drugs but not of murder.

U.S. college students, especially those in the East, outpaced the general public in opposing Richard Nixon's policies on the Vietnam War.

Following the 1968 Kerner Commission report on racial tension, Gallup found whites and blacks agreeing on some conclusions and disagreeing on others.

In 2000, half of Americans lacked a cellphone and about half of these said they had no intention of ever getting one.

In 1988, 82% of South Koreans, more than residents of eight other nations, thought the Olympics promote good relations between participant countries.

At the outbreak of World War II, Americans had less than full confidence in the news coming from Europe.

Public support for Nixon's impeachment rose after he fired two attorneys general to ensure the dismissal of the Watergate special prosecutor.

As Hawaii residents recover from a false nuclear attack warning, Gallup revisits Americans' fears of the atomic bomb during the Cold War in 1951.

As Congress crafted the 1965 bill that revolutionized U.S. immigration policy and launched "chain migration," Gallup found Americans open to the change.

Across 100 pieces published thus far, the Gallup Vault revisits historical Gallup data that help put the past and present into better perspective.

In 1952, Gallup asked Americans what kind of job or occupation would provide women the best chance of finding a husband. Office jobs came out on top.

Leading up to passage of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, few Americans thought it would improve the economy, cut their taxes or simplify their filing.

Americans in 1947 broadly supported a U.N. plan to partition the British Mandate for Palestine into two states -- one Arab, one Jewish.

FDR's decision to make Thanksgiving a week earlier in 1939 was a public relations turkey, with Republicans and Democrats holding opposing views.

Eighty years ago, just over half of Americans thought a girl needed to be 18 to marry, but 22% put the number under 18 and 25% over 18.

During National Epilepsy Awareness Month, the Gallup Vault shows that the American public's views about epilepsy have come a long way.

Right at the start, a majority of Americans suspected there was more to John F. Kennedy's assassination than met the eye.

After the worst one-day decline in U.S. history -- "Black Monday" in October 1987 -- Americans were unclear on why the stock market had unraveled.

In 1953, Gallup found 69% of Americans in favor of adding the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance, while 21% were opposed.