50 years ago, America turned on the television
TV audience and survey data from the days immediately following JFK’s assassination show that Americans collectively tuned in to non-stop coverage that pioneered a new form of wall-to-wall television news delivery.
Chart of the Week: Americans on the move
How to visualize American migration from state to state — without maps.
Where were you when JFK was shot? Only 28.9% of Americans can answer that
Less than one-third of Americans were of age to recall personal memories from the day JFK was shot.
Democrats’ support of health care law falls after rocky rollout
Support for the new health care law took a beating in November – particularly among Democrats – during a period when many Americans paid close attention to the heavy news coverage of its problem-plagued rollout, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking poll released today
Confidence in government falls in much of the developed world
Confidence in government plunged in most developed countries in the wake of the global financial crisis, a new OECD report finds.
First female marines graduate from corps’ grueling infantry course
Three entry-level enlisted women graduate today from the Marine Corps’ infantry training course, as military researches readiness of women for combat roles.
JFK torchbearers now vote more Republican
Pew Research has tracked vote preference among different age cohorts in the past several presidential and midterm elections and looked at who was president when each cohort turned 18. By looking at likely voters from our pre-election surveys, we can see how each age cohort voted relative to the national average.
Public has mixed views about government regulation of banks
About half of Americans believe the government has not gone far enough in regulating financial institutions, but a substantial segment of the public disagrees.
States that allow same-sex marriage also provide protections for religious groups and clergy who oppose it
The battle over same-sex marriage has been about more than whether to allow gays and lesbians to wed. In every state where same-sex marriage is legal – including Illinois, which today became the 16th state to allow gays and lesbians to marry – politicians and others have also debated how to best protect religious freedom. […]
Obamacare v. Philippines typhoon: How cable covered two big stories
In a week dominated by two mega-stories—the continuing travails of Obamacare and the devastating typhoon in the Philippines—America’s hypercompetitive cable news outlets exercised very different news judgments.