Oana Dumitru is a contributor on the U.S. News Team and was previously a summer intern. She is a Ph.D. candidate in social psychology at New York University.
Which holidays do Americans enjoy most — and least?
Super Bowl Sunday, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and Election Day are the holidays that Americans are most likely to say are their least favorite days of the year.09 Feb 2024
What behaviors do Americans say are acceptable in virtual meetings?
Americans 65 and older are less likely than younger adults to accept each of the 22 meeting behaviors polled about.05 Feb 2024
More Republicans associate positive qualities with Donald Trump than with Nikki Haley
For a range of issues polled about, fewer than 15% of Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents say Haley would do a better job handling them than Trump would.02 Feb 2024
What do Americans think about scientists?
Americans are closely split on whether scientists should have an active role in policy debates about scientific issues.16 Jan 2024
How many Americans support LGBTQ+ representation in classrooms and the media?
Many Americans remain uncomfortable with exposing children to certain information and ideas, including gay characters on shows or teachers with a spouse of the same gender.01 Dec 2023
What Americans think about the rights of LGBTQ+ people and discrimination against them
Americans think discrimination against LGBTQ+ people remains high, though pluralities think things are better than in the recent past and will improve in the future.01 Dec 2023
What do Americans think about Mr. Darcy and other fictional love interests?
Among the 24 characters included in the poll, Princess Leia from Star Wars and Jack from Titanic are viewed favorably by the largest shares of Americans.01 Dec 2023
Which school subjects do Americans say are most relevant to their lives?
Aside from the subjects most often included in school curricula, there are other skills that Americans say would be useful for students to learn in grades K-12. More than nine in 10 Americans say that each of the skills of spelling, cooking, typing, and writing a check are somewhat or very useful for students to learn31 Aug 2023
What do Americans think about the U.S. prison system?
Americans are fairly split on whether or not the level of incarceration is a problem in the U.S. and few Americans say prisoners are treated inhumanely. But majorities say several bad outcomes happen often to prisoners.10 Aug 2023
What do Americans think about different parenting styles, and which style did they grow up with?
More Americans consider an authoritative parenting style to be effective than do any of the other five major styles, and most Americans think parents today aren't tough enough with their children.16 Jul 2023