Some states have universal background checks for gun purchases.
Evidence suggests that support for stricter background checks has increased and opposition has softened.
Polls show that Americans feel more welcoming toward immigrants than they have in the past.
Americans have never felt warmer toward immigrants, nor have they ever been more supportive of immigration.
British Prime Minister Theresa May meets Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia at the G20 in Osaka, Japan.
Despite the UK's close relationship with Saudi Arabia, the British public think much the same about its global influence as they do about Russia and Iran – and it isn't good.
Young LGBT Americans score higher on political engagement surveys.
LGBT Americans under 24 are more likely to volunteer, sign petitions and attend rallies and demonstrations.
Which would you prefer?
Skipping the hassle of flying – and the different headache of driving – gives self-driving cars a leg up when people are choosing how to travel.
Airline pilots are often exhausted.
Pilots are often overtired, making them prone to errors. Some countries let them sleep on the job – under strict rules. Pilots love the idea, but consumers are wary, for now.
Is this drone a threat?
Nobody has yet figured out what the rules are for drones or what constitutes 'good manners' for drone operators. But there are legitimate reasons a drone might be near your home.
World’s first lab-grown beef burger. Would you eat it?
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Surveys suggest fewer than half of Americans are looking forward to lab-grown meat. A moral psychologist examines common objections and why for the most part they're not logical.
Gov. Ralph Northam has fumbled his apology.
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Trying to figure out if Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam or other would-be penitents are sincere? A scholar who analyzed dozens of recent apologies offers a user's guide.
A man holds up a joint during a 2017 rally to support the legalization of marijuana in Washington, D.C.
AP Photo/Alex Brandon
As politically polarized as the country may seem, when it comes to marijuana, Americans across the spectrum have changed their minds. A new study says it's all thanks to the media.
How does the concept of science in the crosshairs affect opinions?
Researchers found that aggressive messaging and framing current events as a 'war on science' had different effects on how liberals and conservatives felt about scientists' credibility.
An anti-Brexit protester speaks during a demonstration.
Back in 2016, the Brexit vote and US presidential election seemed like a nationalist one-two punch that could knock out the European Union. Instead, EU support actually rose, new research shows.
Chinese scientists led by He Jiankui claimed they used CRISPR to modify human embryos that eventually were born as twin girls.
AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein
The announcement of the birth of babies with edited genes has been met by a deluge of scientific and ethical criticism. Public discussion focuses on risks and benefits – was breaking this taboo worth it?
As deadline day approaches, more and more people are getting the jitters.
The public is increasingly pessimistic about the way Brexit negotiations are going.
Malcolm Turnbull’s days were numbered as the Newspoll losses continued to mount.
Policymaking is no longer based solely on what a party stands for. Now, it also matters how a decision is going to play in the opinion polls – and that's a problem for our political system.
Interested in a juicy burger grown in the lab?
Cultured meat comes from cells in a lab, not muscles in an animal. While regulatory and technological aspects are being worked out, less is known about whether people are up for eating this stuff.
Women pose for pictures in front of Saint Basil’s Cathedral at the Red Square in Moscow.
The number of Russians who said they 'really' or 'rather' like Trump significantly increased from 10 percent to 14 percent.
The endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep.
As attempts to water down the Endangered Species Act have accelerated, public support for the act has stayed high. Then why do politicians keep trying to weaken the act?
Historically, the high-water mark for American dissatisfaction with government was the 1970s — the era of Vietnam, Nixon and Watergate.
AP Photo/John Duricka
Russian meddling has shaken Americans' faith in democracy. But public discontent after a scandal is hardly new. Trust in government began to erode under Nixon, and it's mostly worsened since then.
People walk on Leningradskaya street in Samara, Russia, 2017.
For example, 77 percent of Russians see Trump as 'self-centered.'