National Opinion Research Center News
What Americans Think About Torture
Most Americans oppose torture , but that view is short of monolithic -- and opposition softens if it’s presumed actually to work. This has been the case for years: Ask people if they support or oppose the use of torture, a straight up or down question, and majorities oppose it. But ask it with
For the Thrill of the Affair: Why Married Women Cheat
When women cheat, it’s often considered a scandal, and never has cheating been as easy as it is now, when finding a willing partner is click or a phone tap away. But what drives women to cheat? And do they stray as much and for the same reasons as men? Watch the full story on "Nightline" tonight at
14 Things You Didn't Know About JFK
Fifty years after his death, John F. Kennedy continues to captivate and intrigue the American psyche. While thousands of books have been written about his life, White House tenure and assassination , there's still a few things you perhaps never knew about our 35th president. Below, check out our
From Faithful Spouse to Cheater in 36 Hours, Site Says
How long does it take a faithful spouse to become a cheater? Apparently, 36 hours. At least that's what AshleyMadison.com says. The site claims it's the world's largest for married cheaters, promoting itself as a "married dating service for discreet encounters." The site says it has 21 million
FBI Reports Gun Background Checks Fell, But Lack of Money Makes Sales Data Hard to Find
In light of the tragic mass shootings in Wisconsin and Colorado this summer, questions naturally arise about who has access to guns. But data about gun sales and research about the best public policies on weapons are scarce. There's a reason for that: money. David Hemenway, professor of health
Despite White House Report Advocating Arts Education, Budgets Face Cuts
Funding for the arts and music in schools was thrust back into the limelight last Friday as the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities released a report urging educators to re-invest in arts education. Over an 18-month period, the committee gathered information from multiple studies and
Religion and Health: Is There a Link?
Many scientific studies in recent years have sought to prove a link between religion and health , and they usually ended up contending that faith may be very good medicine. But new research attempts to look at the opposite side of that coin: What happens when a person loses faith, or even switches
Study: More Parents Refuse or Delay Vaccinations for Kids
Dr. Besser Weighs in on Study Showing Sharp Increase in Refused, Delayed Vaccinations
Does High IQ Trump God?
A provocative new study claims that more intelligent persons are more likely to become political liberals and atheists. And bright guys are more likely than dimmer chaps to value fidelity to their spouse, although that's not true for women. The study is the work of evolutionary psychologist Satoshi
Happy at Work? Depends Who's Asking.
A survey from The Conference Board’s creating some buzz today with a finding that Americans “continue to grow increasingly unhappy in the workplace.” Odd, because it appears to run counter to other recent data that show long-term stability in job...