As every election-season poll and the stalemate in Congress routinely demonstrate, there are deep divides in our country over issues such as taxes, health care, abortion, and the best way to balance the national budget. But the vast majority of Americans—close to 90 percent, according to a new A.P. analysis of data from Pew, Gallup and the General Social Survey—do agree on a few key things. Chief among them: believing in God, admiring those who get rich by working hard, feeling a duty to vote, thinking birth control is morally acceptable, and supporting sex education in public schools. Perhaps the Tea Party will remember these stats in 2014—though somehow we doubt it.
AP study: 9 in 10 think contraception is morally acceptable.