When it comes to religion and morality, most Americans (56%) say that belief in God is not necessary in order to be moral and have good values; 42% say it is necessary to believe in God in order to be moral and have good values.
By contrast, men are somewhat more likely to say obstacles to women’s progress are now largely gone (51%) than to say significant obstacles still exist (46%).
The gender gap on this question is among the widest seen across the political values measured in this survey.
Age is strongly correlated with support for acceptance of homosexuality.
Overall, 83% of those ages 18 to 29 say homosexuality should be accepted by society, compared with 72% of those ages 30 to 49, 65% of those 50 to 64, and 58% of those 65 and older.
Among both blacks and whites, the gender gap roughly mirrors that of the public overall.
For example, 77% of black women and 60% of black men say significant barriers remain to women’s advancement (among whites, 62% of women and 43% of men say this).Most Americans now say that it is not necessary to believe in God to be moral and have good values; this is the first time a majority has expressed this view in a measure dating back to 2002.While Republicans’ views have held steady over this period, an increasing share of Democrats say belief in God is not necessary in order to be a moral person.Among Hispanics, however, there is not a pronounced gender gap.More postgraduates say significant obstacles to women’s progress still exist (70%) than say they are largely gone (28%).Within both party coalitions, women are more likely than men to say significant obstacles to women’s progress still remain.