Public Closely Tracks Shutdown Resolution
The public closely tracked the resolution to the government shutdown and increase in the debt limit, with nearly half (49%) saying they followed news very closely and 30% saying they followed news somewhat closely.
Most Hispanics Say Their Community Needs a Leader
Three-quarters of Latinos living in the U.S. say that their community needs a national leader, but about the same share either cannot name one or don’t believe one exists.
Public Sees Bumpy Launch of Health Insurance Exchanges
Public awareness of the new health insurance exchanges has increased significantly over the past month, but the public’s overall impression is the launch is not going well.
Online Dating & Relationships
Attitudes about online dating have become more positive in recent years. Currently, one-in-ten Americans have used an online dating site or mobile dating app. However, many users also report negative experiences.
Trust in Government Nears Record Low
Public trust in the government, already quite low, has edged even lower in a survey conducted just before the Oct. 16 agreement to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.
Tablet and E-reader Ownership
The number of Americans ages 16 and older who own tablet computers has grown to 35%, and the share who have e-reading devices like Kindles and Nooks has grown to 24%. Overall, the number of people who have a tablet or an e-book reader among those 16 and older now stands at 43%.
Saudi Arabia’s Image Falters among Middle East Neighbors
A Pew Research Center survey reveals that Saudi Arabia’s standing has slipped substantially among key Middle Eastern publics. However, opinion of Saudi Arabia has not soured in other predominately Muslim countries outside of the region.
Tea Party’s Image Turns More Negative
The Tea Party is less popular than ever, with even many Republicans now viewing the movement negatively. Meanwhile, Senator Ted Cruz’s popularity has soared among Tea Party Republicans, while John Boehner’s image has suffered.
More Concern About the Debt Limit, But Skepticism Persists
Public concern over breaching the debt limit deadline has risen only slightly from a week ago. Among those who see no dire economic consequences from missing the Thursday deadline, most say there is no need to raise the debt limit at all.
More Watch Broadcast News, But Cable TV Viewers More Engaged
While the largest audiences tune into local and network broadcast news, it is the 24/7 national cable news channels that command the most attention from their viewers, who watch an average of 25 minutes a day.