American Men: Who They Are & How They Live by New Strategist Editors

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Men are less likely than women to support gun control, with a larger 87 percent of women favoring gun laws. ■ Twenty-nine percent of men report that they hunt. 8 Note: Numbers will not sum to 100 percent because “refused” is not shown. harcsda+gss06; calculations by New Strategist AMERICAN MEN 31 Americans Support Capital Punishment Support for abortion varies depending on the reason. Americans heavily favor capital punishment for persons convicted of murder. Nearly three out of four men say capital punishment is OK, with almost no differences by age.

In 1950, few men had even graduated from high school—only 33 percent had a high school diploma. In 1967, the proportion passed the 50 percent threshold for the first time. By 2007, fully 85 percent of men aged 25 or older were high school graduates. The proportion of men with a college degree also climbed sharply between 1950 and 2007. In 1950, just 7 percent of men were college graduates. By 2007, the figure had climbed to nearly 30 percent. ■ As men’s educational attainment has grown, so have white-collar jobs and the service economy.

Harcsda+gss06; calculations by New Strategist AMERICAN MEN 17 Men Are Not as Religious as Women The majority of men believe in evolution. On many issues, there is little difference between the attitudes of men and women. On religious matters, however, there are big differences. Men are less likely than women to regard themselves as very religious, for example. Only 14 percent of men regard themselves as very religious compared with 23 percent of women. A substantial 45 percent of men say they are only slightly or not religious compared with 31 percent of women.

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