Support for Gay Marriage Remains High, at 61%

Sixty-one percent of Americans say that marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized by the law as valid, consistent with the 58% and 60% recorded in 2015. Last year’s Supreme Court decision made same-sex marriage legal nationwide — but the issue remains contentious at state and local levels, among religious […] Read more »

For Clinton, the general election is about married women

… Affluent suburban women are a key audience for Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, as she seeks to use Trump’s polarizing statements about women, immigrants and others against him. … Although many suburban women identify as Republican or independent, they often vote on the kinds of pocketbook issues Clinton is emphasizing […] Read more »

Reaping as they sowed: How the culture wars are smiting the GOP

… If it wasn’t obvious before, it’s become hi-definition clear in the past few weeks that the culture wars, long a powerful wedge that Republicans wielded against the Democrats, have now become a dagger that cleaves GOP ranks down the middle. … The wedge of the culture wars still cuts […] Read more »

Stands on social issues tear at the two main conservative bases

The ideological rifts breaking apart the Republican Party have moved into the states, where business leaders and evangelicals who have long coexisted in the GOP are suddenly at war over social issues such as gay rights and religious freedom. … Rather than unifying around a message and strategy to win […] Read more »

AP-Times Square Alliance online poll: Mass shootings weighed on Americans in 2015

… Americans say the most important events of 2015 were a string of mass shootings, including the attacks in San Bernardino, California, and Paris, plus Islamic State group atrocities. … Americans also are much less likely than they were a year ago to believe that the current year was better […] Read more »

The troubling political implications of Americans’ sense of superiority

I’m right and you’re wrong. Such is, apparently, the view that Americans take regarding not only each other’s political orientations, but all sorts of other personal and existential questions, too. Americans think their fellow countrymen are lazy workers, bad parents and unhappy spouses and are generally unequipped to govern or […] Read more »