American Attitudes: What Americans Think about the Issues by Inc. New Strategist Publications

By Inc. New Strategist Publications

Coaxes the result of the final Social Survey out of the shadows of academia and makes them on hand for researchers who are looking to discover american citizens' altering attitudes on issues starting from homosexual marriage to the yankee Dream. the information are provided through intercourse, age, race, Hispanic starting place, and schooling. It additionally compares attitudes in 2008 with 1998, 1988, and (if to be had) 1978, studying how critiques have replaced in the course of these 3 a long time.

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Harcsda+gss08; calculations by New Strategist 34 AMERICAN ATTITUDES THE PUBLIC ARENA More Support Legalizing Marijuana The percentage of people who favor legalizing the use of marijuana is growing. Thirty-eight percent of the public supported legalizing marijuana in 2008, up from just 17 percent in 1988. Young and middle-aged adults are far more likely to favor the legalization of marijuana (41 percent) than those aged 65 or older (24 percent). As younger generations replace older Americans, the pressure for legalization is likely to grow.

When asked whether they would be afraid to walk alone at night in the area around their house, 67 percent say no. But the 53 percent majority of the public believes the United States will become involved in a World War within 10 years. People aged 18 to 44 are much more likely than the oldest adults to feel this way. harcsda+gss08; calculations by New Strategist 30 AMERICAN ATTITUDES THE PUBLIC ARENA Americans Strongly Favor Gun Control Nearly 80 percent of Americans think a police permit should be required before someone can buy a gun—a percentage that has not changed much over the decades.

Harcsda+gss08; calculations by New Strategist 30 AMERICAN ATTITUDES THE PUBLIC ARENA Americans Strongly Favor Gun Control Nearly 80 percent of Americans think a police permit should be required before someone can buy a gun—a percentage that has not changed much over the decades. This level of support is surprising, considering how politically difficult it is to pass gun control laws. Only 36 percent of the public owned a gun in 2008, a figure that is down from 43 percent in 1988. Americans aged 65 or older are most likely to own a gun, with 54 percent owning at least one gun in 2008.

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