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Coaxes the result of the overall Social Survey out of the shadows of academia and makes them to be had for researchers who are looking to discover american citizens' altering attitudes on themes starting from homosexual marriage to the yank Dream. the knowledge are offered by way of intercourse, age, race, Hispanic beginning, and schooling. It additionally compares attitudes in 2008 with 1998, 1988, and (if to be had) 1978, interpreting how critiques have replaced in the course of these 3 many years.

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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. harcsda+gss08; calculations by New Strategist 36 AMERICAN ATTITUDES THE PUBLIC ARENA Physician-Assisted Suicide Is OK with Most Americans Two of three Americans support physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. The majority of the public has favored physician-assisted suicide for decades.

Americans aged 65 or older are most likely to own a gun, with 54 percent owning at least one gun in 2008. 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).

Fifty-four percent of the public says this should not be allowed. 27 Allow Anti-Religionist to Teach, 1988 to 2008 “There are always some people whose ideas are considered bad or dangerous by other people. 28 Allow Antireligious Book in Library, 1988 to 2008 “There are always some people whose ideas are considered bad or dangerous by other people. 29 Allow Racist to Speak, 1988 to 2008 “Consider a person who believes that blacks are genetically inferior. 30 Allow Racist to Teach, 1988 to 2008 “Consider a person who believes that blacks are genetically inferior.

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