Slim majorities of Americans are closely following the situations involving the IRS (54%) and the congressional hearings on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya (53%), although most say both should be investigated.
Americans increasingly believe being gay or lesbian is an orientation individuals are born with (47%) rather than due to external factors such as upbringing or environment (33%). As recently as two years ago, the public was divided.
About half of U.S. adults, 51%, believe most Americans are "pro-choice" on abortion; 35% say "pro-life." The perception that the pro-choice viewpoint prevails contrasts with the nearly even division of Americans' actual abortion views.
Americans' satisfaction with the way things are going in the U.S. is at 24% in May, down from 30% in April and near the 25% average for the first five months of 2013. Democrats' satisfaction is down the most in May.
Fifty-three percent of Americans favor legal same-sex marriage, unchanged from last November and the third consecutive reading of 50% or higher. At the same time, Americans believe the U.S. public opposes gay marriage.
U.S. views on abortion's legality are similar to last year, while Americans remain closely split in their self-ID as pro-life (48%) vs. pro-choice (45%). Few are closely following the murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.
Americans continue to express frustration with Congress as an entity, with 16% approving of the job it is doing in May. In contrast, Americans give much higher ratings to their own district's representative.
Americans want Congress and the president to give highest priority to jobs and the economy, followed by making government more efficient and improving education. Immigration reform and reducing gun violence are last among 12 issues.