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American Attitudes: Who Thinks What about the Issues That Shape Our Lives

American Attitudes: Who Thinks What about the Issues That Shape Our Lives

The eighth edition of American Attitudes: Who Thinks What about the Issues That Shape Our Lives coaxes the results of the latest (2014) General Social Survey out of the shadows of academia and makes them readily available for researchers who want to explore Americans’ changing attitudes. In hundreds of tables, the eighth edition of American Attitudes taps into the GSS gold mine, revealing what the public thinks about topics ranging from gay marriage to the American Dream, and the pros and cons of patriotism, how Americans feel about their financial status, their hopes for their children, how often they socialize and with whom, their religious beliefs, political leanings, and standard of living. It shows those answers by the demographics that shape perspective—sex, age, race, Hispanic origin, education, and region. American Attitudes reveals 2014 attitudes by demographic characteristic, and for every 2014 question for which historical data are available, it shows the history of response all the way back to the first appearance of the question on the General Social Survey. American Attitudes provides the latest data and is an invaluable resource for historic trends. The eighth edition of American Attitudes is organized into 10 chapters: Public Arena, Government and Politics, Patriotism, Science and Information, Religion, Work and Money, Family and Friends, Diversity, Personal Outlook, and Sexuality.

Executive Summary: What Americans Think 5
Chapter 1: Public Arena 15
Public Arena: 2014 Profiles 16
Public Arena: Historical Trends 65
Chapter 2: Government and Politics 109
Government and Politics: 2014 Profiles 110
Government and Politics: Historical Trends 148
Chapter 3 Patriotism 179
Patriotism: 2014 Profiles 180
Patriotism: Historical Trends 223
Chapter 4 Science and Information 243
Chapter 5 Religion 275
Religion: 2014 Profiles 276
Religion: Historical Trends 289
Chapter 6 Work and Money 301
Work and Money: 2014 Profiles 302
Work and Money: Historical Trends 334
Chapter 7 Family and Friends 357
Family and Friends: 2014 Profiles 358
Family and Friends: Historical Trends 386
Chapter 8 Diversity 415
Diversity: 2014 Profiles 416
Diversity: Historical Trends 453
Chapter 9 Personal Outlook 481
Personal Outlook: 2014 Profiles 482
Personal Outlook: Historical Trends 508
Chapter 10 Sexuality 527
Sexuality: 2014 Profiles 528
Sexuality: Historical Trends 552
Appendix 575

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