Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Blame for Both Sides as Possible Government Shutdown Approaches
If the federal government shuts down over a budget disagreement, about as many Americans would blame the Republicans (39%) as would blame the Obama administration (36%), with 17% volunteering that both would be equally to blame.
11.7 M Unauthorized Immigrants in 2012
A new estimate by the Pew Research Center shows that the recession-era decline in the number of unauthorized immigrants has bottomed out and the number may be rising.
Americans Use Their Cellphones for Much More Than Phone Calls
Half of cell owners download apps to their phones and 48% listen to music services. Video calling has tripled since 2011, while texting remains a popular activity.
Rising Environmental Concerns in China
The Chinese public is increasingly worried about the quality of the country’s air and water. There is also widespread concern about inflation, inequality and corruption, and the safety of consumer goods and food.
Republicans Sour on Ben Bernanke
As Ben Bernanke prepares to step down as chairman of the Federal Reserve in January, the public views him somewhat more favorably (38%) than unfavorably (31%), with 32% unable to offer a rating.
United Nations Retains Strong Global Image
Clear majorities in 22 of 39 countries surveyed say they have a favorable view of the UN. Ratings are on balance favorable in the U.S. and Russia, while the Chinese are divided in their opinion. However, views trend negatively in key Middle Eastern publics.
Skeptical Public Backs Syrian Diplomacy
By a 69% to 22% margin, the public supports a diplomatic approach to the Syrian crisis, but is skeptical about its effectiveness. Americans also express little trust in either Syria or Russia and remain opposed to airstrikes even if Syria does not cede control of its chemical arms.
How Al Jazeera America Covered Syria
In its coverage of the ongoing Syrian crisis, the fledgling Al Jazeera America cable news channel has provided U.S. viewers with content much more similar to CNN’s than the BBC’s.
57% of Americans Go Online With Their Cellphone
With 91% of all Americans now owning a cell phone, 57% of all American adults are cell internet users. The proportion of cell owners who use their phone to go online has doubled since 2009.
Foes of Health Law Divided on Next Steps
While opposition to the Affordable Care Act continues to run deep, critics are divided over whether the effort should be to make the law work as well as possible or to make it fail.