Jul 1, 2013

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.

Jun 27, 2013

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.

Jun 25, 2013

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.

Jun 25, 2013

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.

Jun 24, 2013

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.

Jun 21, 2013

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.  […]

Jun 20, 2013

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.

Jun 19, 2013

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.

Jun 18, 2013

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

Jun 17, 2013

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.