Index to Pew Research Center Key Data Points Sheets
Strengthening the nation’s economy and improving the job situation have remained the public’s two top priorities for the White House and Congress.
Debt and Deficit
The public now is much more likely than four years ago to say that reducing the federal budget deficit should be a top priority in 2013 for President Obama and Congress.
Public confidence in government has fallen in recent years, and many Americans favor a smaller government providing fewer services, according to Pew Research Center surveys.
Americans overwhelmingly say the nation’s immigration policy is in need of sweeping changes, although there is little agreement on specific approaches.
Americans are closely divided over whether it is more important to control gun ownership or protect gun rights, with the trend edging back in favor of gun rights.
Key data points from August 2013 report on views about racial progress 50 years after Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
The rise in support for same-sex marriage over the past decade is among the largest changes in opinion on any policy issue over this time period.
The American public routinely ranks dealing with global warming low on its list of priorities for the president and Congress. This year, it ranks at the bottom of the 21 tested.
Dealing with the nation’s energy problems has slipped down the list of the public’s 2013 agenda, with less than half saying it was a top priority for the president and Congress.
The years between 2000 and 2010 were a “lost decade” for the middle class in terms of economic well-being.
U.S. Foreign Policy
Despite the difficult foreign policy problems facing the United States, most Americans agree that the nation should focus more on problems here at home. At the same time, the public expresses robust support for an active approach to world affairs.
There is almost universal opposition to Iran acquiring nuclear weapons among 13 nations surveyed in March. Overall opinions of Iran are largely negative across much of the world.
U.S. – Middle East Relations
The U.S. public is pessimistic about changes in political leadership after the Arab Spring.
U.S. – China Relations
American public opinion has shifted in favor of getting tougher with China when it comes to economic and trade policy.
Data points on the Catholic population in the U.S., its views on the church, political views and views on key issues.
Highlights of the Pew Internet Project’s research related to social networking. As of December 2012, 67% of online adults use social networking sites.
Highlights of the Pew Internet Project’s research related to mobile technology, including the percentages of American adults who own cellphones, smartphones, tablets and e-readers.
Highlights of the Pew Internet Project’s research related to broadband. As of April 2012, 66% of Americans have broadband connections at home.
Highlights of the Pew Internet Project’s research related to health and health care. As of September 2012, 72% of internet users say they looked online for health information within the past year.
Highlights of the Pew Internet Project’s research on teens. Fully 95% of all teens ages 12-17 are now online and 80% of those online teens are users of social media sites.
Highlights of the Pew Internet Project’s research related to politics. Two-thirds of social media users (39% of American adults) have engaged in one of eight civic or political activities with social media.