U.S. Politics Aug. 8, 2013

Amid Criticism, Support for Media’s ‘Watchdog’ Role

The public has a low opinion of the accuracy, fairness and independence of news organizations, but broad majorities agree the press acts as a watchdog by keeping political leaders in check.

Internet & Tech Aug. 7, 2013

51% of U.S. Adults Bank Online

Fifty-one percent of U.S. adults, or 61% of internet users, bank online. Thirty-two percent of U.S. adults, or 35% of cell phone owners, bank using their mobile phones.

Media & News Aug. 7, 2013

What’s Behind the Washington Post Sale?

What does the sale of The Washington Post say about the economics of the paper and the continuing struggles of the newspaper industry? A look at key trends.

Religion Aug. 6, 2013

To Count Our Days: The Scientific and Ethical Dimensions of Radical Life Extension

The prospect of dying has always fascinated, haunted and, ultimately, defined human beings. From the beginnings of civilization, people have contemplated their own mortality – and considered the possibility of immortality.

Religion Aug. 6, 2013

Religious Leaders’ Views on Radical Life Extension

No religious group in the United States has released an official statement on radical life extension. However, here are brief summaries of how some clergy, bioethicists and other scholars from 18 major American religious groups say their traditions might approach this evolving issue.

Religion Aug. 6, 2013

Americans’ Views of Living to 120, Beyond

If new medical treatments could slow the aging process and allow people to live decades longer, would you want to? Most Americans say no, but roughly two-thirds think that most other people would say yes.

Internet & Tech Aug. 5, 2013

72% of Online Adults are Social Networking Site Users

Today, 72% of online adults use social networking sites. Although younger adults continue to be the most likely social media users, one of the more striking stories about the social networking population has been the growth among older internet users in recent years.

Media & News Aug. 5, 2013

Newspapers Invest in Local TV Stations Despite Warning Signs

The economic ills of newspapers are fueling a spate of recent local TV acquisitions by newspaper companies, but the data suggest the local TV news market may not be immune to its own set of problems.

Aug. 1, 2013

A Rising Share of Young Adults Live in Their Parents’ Home

A record number of Millennials—young adults ages 18 to 31—were living in their parents’ home in 2012 due to a combination of economic, educational and cultural factors.

U.S. Politics Jul. 31, 2013

Republicans Want Change, But Split Over Party’s Direction

Most Republican voters believe that their party must address major problems to be more competitive in the future. Yet there are deep internal divisions over whether the party should move in a more conservative or moderate direction.