As It Fights in Syria, Hezbollah Seen Unfavorably in Region
Hezbollah is widely unpopular among publics in the Middle East. Most in Lebanon, which is Hezbollah’s base, have an unfavorable view of it, but opinions differ among religious groups.
Chart of the Week: Newspaper circulation around the world
Journalists and print loyalists who are dejected about the state of the U.S. newspaper business may be comforted — or perhaps made a bit envious — by the knowledge that in at least some other countries, newspaper circulation continues to rise smartly. The chart below, from The Economist’s Graphic Detail blog, uses data from the World Press [...]
World’s Muslim population more widespread than you might think
There are about 1.6 billion Muslims, or 23% of the world’s population, making Islam the second-largest religion.
Cell phone ownership hits 91% of adults
For the first time, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has found that cell phone ownership among adults has exceeded 90%. Cell phones are now being used by 91% of adults, according to the survey conducted between April 17 and May 19 of 2,252 adults. While the adoption figures are stunning by [...]
In your words: Views of same-sex marriage, homosexuality
In several nationwide surveys the Pew Research Center conducted in 2013, we gave respondents the opportunity to give their thoughts about issues related to same-sex marriage and homosexuality.
Both Sides See Gay Marriage as ‘Inevitable’
As support for gay marriage continues to increase, nearly three-quarters of Americans say that legal recognition of same-sex marriage is inevitable, including majorities on both sides of the issue.
Most Americans say global warming is real, but opinions split on why
Nearly seven in 10 Americans agree that there’s solid evidence the earth’s average temperature has been rising over the past few decades.
Is MSNBC the place for opinion?
MSNBC president Phil Griffin generated plenty of media attention this week when he said, in a New York Times interview, that his channel was “not the place” for breaking news. “Our brand is not that.” Griffin was responding to a significant decline in MSNBC’s ratings, which the Times reported was down 18% in prime time [...]
Polling flashback: Remembering RFK
It was 45 years ago this week that Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan while celebrating after a victory in the California Democratic primary. It was another milestone event in 1968, following Martin Luther King, Jr.’s murder two months earlier. Although there is no way to tell how the election would have [...]
A Milestone for Smartphones
For the first time in Pew Research Center polling, a majority of Americans–56%–say they now own a smartphone of some kind.