Social Issues

Gallup tracked the evolution of Americans' acceptance of unconventional clothing choices by women, starting with slacks.

by Frank Newport and Andrew Dugan

Public opinion changed in significant ways over the course of Barack Obama's presidency on issues such as the economy, trust in government and race relations.

Americans in 1942 were nearly unanimous in saying they would allow a son of theirs, even one as young as 14, to have a paper route.

Eight years after his 1942 recording of "White Christmas" became a national sensation, one in three Americans named Bing Crosby their favorite male singer.

Find out where Americans stand on four key issues that were on the ballot in several states: marijuana legalization, the death penalty, gun control and increasing the minimum wage.

In 1941, most Americans opposed the poll taxes still in force in the South. But residents in the eight states where the laws persisted still favored them.

Americans' views on how the justice system is handling crime have changed in the past decade. Less than half (45%) say it is "not tough enough," down from 65% in 2003.