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by Frank Newport

American public opinion on affirmative action in college admissions is complex, with the public supporting the idea in theory, but opposing the use of race and ethnicity as a factor in admissions decisions.

by Frank Newport

Given a choice, Americans are significantly more likely to want political leaders in Washington to compromise rather than stick to principles.

by Frank Newport

Asked to define socialism, 24% of Americans mention "equality," while 17% say it is government ownership of the means of production.

by V. Lance Tarrance

Competing factors for the midterms are presidential approval, which would imply GOP losses, and economic sentiment, which would suggest GOP gains.

by Frank Newport

Church attendance has been edging down in the U.S., and a decline in "outstanding" local church leaders could be a factor.

by Frank Newport

American Catholics, about 23% of the U.S. adult population, remained positive about Pope Francis in early August, giving him a 78% favorable rating.

by Frank Newport

Some Americans may literally define the "working class" as those who are working, rather than as a position in the socioeconomic hierarchy.

by Frank Newport

President Donald Trump's desired changes to U.S. international relationships reflect American public opinion in some ways, but not in others.

by V. Lance Tarrance

Recent data suggest the U.S. is moving toward a new geopolitical framework that divides it into three regions.

While Americans have very positive attitudes toward their fellow G7 nations, people in those countries have negative views of U.S. leadership.

by Frank Newport

Americans' identification as born-again or evangelical has stayed remarkably stable since 1991, even as other indicators show Americans becoming less religious.

by Frank Newport

As the U.S. celebrates Memorial Day, Americans continue to have more confidence in the military than in any other major institution in the country.

by V. Lance Tarrance

California is challenging, some would say defying, Trump administration policies. Is this mere partisan politics or is secession really on the table?

by Megan Brenan

In the wake of recent mass shootings, a broad majority of Americans support stricter gun laws, but are divided over what changes should be made.

by Daniel Greene and Frank Newport

American public opinion during World War II and the Holocaust is the subject of a new exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

by Frank Newport, Gallup Editor-in-Chief

Two-thirds of highly religious white Protestants approve of the job Trump is doing as president, and they are likely to continue barring major policy changes.

by V. Lance Tarrance

Democrats looking for a midterm message beyond opposing Donald Trump have a number of traditional Democratic issues to choose from. Republicans' power issue with core Republicans is immigration.

by Frank Newport

The American public would benefit from more discussion and explanation of four of the major themes in President Trump's recent State of the Union address.

by Frank Newport

A federal government shutdown would almost certainly do further damage to Americans' already negative view of the government.

by Frank Newport

Government leaders are talking more about bipartisanship in 2018, a development that would fit well with what Americans want their government to do.