Having a secure job replaces homeownership as the key to being middle-class
Nearly nine-in-ten Americans now say having a secure job is essential to being in the middle-class; in 1991, it was homeownership.
Many Americans see growth of the nonreligious as a ’bad thing’
About half of Americans say the growing number of people who are not religious is bad for American society.
About four-in-ten Americans live in a household where there is a gun
About four-in-ten Americans report having a gun in their household, either their own or someone else’s.
Most Americans say legal status for undocumented immigrants would help the economy
Three-quarters of Americans say it would be better for the economy for undocumented immigrants to gain legal status.
The number of American single fathers has grown substantially
The number of single father households has increased about ninefold since 1960, from less than 300,000 to more than 2.6 million in 2011.
As Obama weighs his decision, most Americans support building Keystone pipeline
Two-thirds of Americans, including majorities among partisan groups, favor building the Keystone XL pipeline that would transport oil from Canada to U.S. refineries.
Tea Party Republicans believe legal status would reward undocumented immigrants
More than eight-in-ten Tea Party Republicans say granting legal status to undocumented immigrants would reward illegal behavior.
Challenge for Egypt: Finding leaders with wide support
Political unrest continued in Egypt after a chaotic political week in which two of the key players – both unpopular with the Egyptian public – illustrated the difficulty in finding a leader who can overcome the country’s divisions.
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.