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A majority of Americans in 1962 backed a U.S. woman's decision to have an abortion in Sweden after she took a drug known to cause birth defects.

In 1981, Americans rated faithfulness as the top feature of a successful marriage. Political agreement and having the same social background ranked last.

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.

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.