Internet & Tech Dec. 31, 2012

Mobile Connections to Libraries

Some 13% of those ages 16 and older have visited library websites or otherwise accessed library services by mobile device. This is the first reading in a national survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project on this subject.

Global Dec. 28, 2012

What Americans Want in 2013

As Americans make their New Year’s resolutions, gazing into their crystal balls in anticipation of 2013, they are pessimistic about the economy, doubtful about Washington avoiding the fiscal cliff and worried about rising inequality and economic unfairness.

Dec. 26, 2012

The Growing Electoral Clout of Blacks Is Driven by Turnout, Not Demographics

Blacks voted at a higher rate this year than other minority groups and for the first time in history may also have voted at a higher rate than whites.

U.S. Politics Dec. 21, 2012

Hillary Clinton’s Career of Comebacks

With the choice of John Kerry to succeed her, Hillary Clinton prepares to step down as Secretary of State after a political career in which she has been the comeback kid.

U.S. Politics Dec. 20, 2012

Election, Tragedies Dominate 2012 News

The public’s news interests were very much focused on domestic developments this year, with the election outcome, last week’s horrific school shooting and Hurricane Sandy leading the list of the top stories of 2012.

U.S. Politics Dec. 20, 2012

Modest Change in Opinion about Gun Control

While support for controlling gun ownership has increased in the wake of the Newtown shootings, the change since July has been modest.

Media & News Dec. 20, 2012

Newtown Sparks Calls for Gun Reform in Social Media, Opinion Pages

The shooting rampage in a Connecticut elementary school last week triggered a conversation different from other recent U.S. gun tragedies.

Dec. 20, 2012

Generation Gap Influences Views on Budget Tradeoffs

The record generation gap evident in the last two presidential elections is echoed by large differences by age in attitudes about the tradeoff between reducing the federal deficit and preserving entitlements for older adults.

Internet & Tech Dec. 20, 2012

How Communities Differ in Their Reading Habits

Reading is foundational to learning and the information acquisition upon which people make decisions. For centuries, the capacity to read has been a benchmark of literacy and involvement in community life.

Dec. 18, 2012

A Bipartisan Nation of Beneficiaries

A majority of Americans, both Democrat and Republican, have received government benefits from one of the six best-known federal entitlement programs.