Boehner takes on Tea Party at time when Republican views of him are more unfavorable
The point increase in unfavorable opinions of Rep. John Boehner since he became House Speaker.
Four-in-ten Chinese see U.S. military presence in East Asia as a threat
While only 12% of Chinese regard the U.S. as an enemy, 41% see the U.S. military presence in East Asia as a major threat to their country and 63% see the U.S. as the nation posing the greatest threat to China.
Chart of the Week: Most new gun laws since Newtown ease restrictions
In the year since the Newtown school shootings, most new state gun laws have loosened rather than tightened restrictions.
Eastern and Western Europe divided over gay marriage, homosexuality
Recent developments in Croatia and Scotland highlight a stark divide between Eastern and Western Europe on the topic of same-sex marriage.
A year after Newtown, little change in public opinion on guns
After the horrific shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., a year ago claiming the lives of 20 children and six adults, there was a sense in the country – especially among gun-control supporters — that the tragedy would be different from similar ones in the past and push the nation to action. But ultimately, a sustained change in public opinion did not materialize, and a bill to tighten gun laws died in the Senate.
‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Holidays’?
When asked about how stores should greet their customers over the holidays, 42% of Americans prefer “Merry Christmas,” 12% prefer “Happy Holidays” and 46% say it doesn’t matter.
Among 38 nations, U.S. is the outlier when it comes to paid parental leave
Estonia offers about two years of paid leave for new mothers, and Hungary and Lithuania offer one-and-a-half years or more. What about the U.S.?
Pope Francis’ big year
Pope Francis began this year as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, an Argentine archbishop. He finishes it as Time magazine’s Person of the Year.
Who’s the boss? In U.S. business, it’s mostly men
Fewer than 5% of Fortune 1000 companies have women CEOs, and only 10% of women nationally say they’re a boss or top manager. Women are consistently less likely than men to say they want to be a boss someday.
Lawmakers compromise on budget deal — and that’s what the public says it wants
About six-in-ten of Americans say they want lawmakers to be more willing to compromise on budget issues even if it meant they “reached a deal you disagreed with.”