Households owing student loan debts at record levels
About one out of five of the nation’s households owed student debt in 2010, more than double the share two decades earlier.
Most Americans believe climate change is real, but fewer see it as a threat
Four-in-ten Americans see global climate change as a major threat to the U.S., fewer than publics in other countries.
How LGBT adults see society and how the public sees them
Two Pew Research Center surveys — one of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender adults and the other of the American public — found a common thread: that society as a whole has become more accepting of gays and lesbians.
Fewer Americans have negative views of more gays raising children
Currently, 35% of Americans say the increase in gay and lesbian couples raising children is a bad thing, a decline from recent years.
Israelis and Palestinians have sharply different views of U.S., but want its help in resolving conflict
There is a 67 percentage point divide between Israelis, who have a favorable view of the U.S., and Palestinians who have a positive view.
Chart of the Week: The ’young invincibles’ and health insurance
One of the phrases coined during the debate over President Obama’s health care overhaul was the “young invincibles,” referring to the large share of young adults who did not have health insurance because they thought their age made it less likely they would get sick, or just were not in a position to afford coverage. […]
Most Americans believe government surveillance program helped prevent terrorist attacks
A majority of Americans think the government’s collection of phone and internet data has helped prevent terrorist attacks.
A majority say sexual assaults in the military are individual acts of misconduct, not systemic
A majority of Americans say reports of sexual assaults in the military represent individual acts of misconduct and not underlying problems with military culture.
As more Americans have contacts with gays and lesbians, social acceptance rises
About nine-in-ten Americans know someone who is gay or lesbian, and about a quarter say they personally know “a lot” of gay or lesbian people
As this year’s term ends, little agreement on Supreme Court’s ideological leanings
In a March poll, a plurality of Americans described the Supreme Court’s ideology as middle of the road.