5 takeaways about religion and politics before the midterms
A new Pew Research survey finds that many Americans support a role for religion in the political arena and lament what they see as religion’s declining influence in society. Here are five key takeaways.
Census confirms more data problems in sorting out the number of U.S. gay marriages
The Census Bureau last week released a new estimate of the number of U.S. same-sex married couples that is 38% higher than the bureau’s 2012 estimate, but agency officials note that the estimates are likely inaccurate.
In some European countries, church membership means paying more taxes
Are government church taxes causing Germans to leave the church?
Despite ongoing crisis in Venezuela, Maduro hangs on
Despite public frustration, the late Hugo Chávez’s successor as president, Nicolás Maduro, continues to enjoy as much public support as the political opposition.
Hispanics only group to see its poverty rate decline and incomes rise
Hispanics are the only major racial or ethnic group to see a statistically significant decline in its poverty rate, according to 2013 Census Bureau figures released this week
Census: Computer ownership, internet connection varies widely across U.S.
Nearly 25 years after the birth of the world wide web, most Americans have computers and internet access, but the nation remains a patchwork of connectivity, with some metro areas full of high-speed connections and others much less plugged in.
The nation’s wealth recovers, but largely for those at the top
The nation’s aggregate wealth continues to show signs of recovery, but that wealth recovery has been concentrated on the wealthiest Americans. Meanwhile, the aggregate net worth for America’s economic middle is actually declining.
Families may differ, but they share common values on parenting
A new Pew Research survey finds widespread agreement among parents over the traits that children should be taught.
For first time, census data on married couples includes same-sex spouses
Census Bureau officials and other experts do not expect counting same-sex spouses along with all other married couples to make a big impact on overall statistics for married couples. But if the number of same-sex married couples continues to rise, that could change.
On Constitution Day, a look at proposed amendments and how seldom they go anywhere
Since 2003, 465 proposed constitutional amendments have been introduced in the House or Senate, including 82 in the current Congress alone. And they all have one thing in common: None of them have gone into effect.