Most Americans say more women running for Congress is a good thing, as hope for a female president grows
Women are running for Congress in record numbers this year, and most Americans say this is a good thing. But there’s little consensus among the public about how – or whether – things would change if more women were elected. More than four-in-ten Americans say they personally hope a woman will be elected president in their lifetime.
Immigrants or children of immigrants make up at least 12% of Congress
At least 65 of the current voting members of Congress are immigrants or the children of immigrants. These members represent nearly half of U.S. states.
5 facts about the state of the news media in 2017
Audiences for nearly every major sector of the U.S. news media fell in 2017 except for radio. Cable news revenue continued to rise, as did digital ad revenue.
A majority of Americans support using biotechnology to grow human organs in animals for transplants
Almost six-in-ten Americans consider it an appropriate use of technology to genetically engineer animals to grow organs or tissues that could be used for humans needing a transplant, while 41% say this would be going too far.
How Americans and Western Europeans compare on 4 key social and political issues
Americans and Western Europeans have broadly similar views on certain social and political issues. For example, majorities of Americans and Western Europeans see immigrants as beneficial to their economies and support certain rights for gays and lesbians.
Americans are divided over the use of animals in scientific research
There is a gender gap in views of the use of animals in scientific research. Those with a high level of science knowledge are more inclined to approve of such research.
14% of Americans have changed their mind about an issue because of something they saw on social media
A small share of the public – 14% – say they have changed their views about a political or social issue in the past year because of something they saw on social media.
11 states that have the death penalty haven’t used it in more than a decade
All 10 states that have the death penalty but haven’t used it in at least a decade currently have inmates on death row, though the number ranges from just one prisoner in New Hampshire and Wyoming to 744 in California.
Middle children have become rarer, but a growing share of Americans now say three or more kids are ‘ideal’
Roughly four-in-ten U.S. adults think families of three or more children are ideal. Yet it’s still much more common for American women at the end of their childbearing years to have had one or two kids than three or more.
Record number of forcibly displaced people lived in sub-Saharan Africa in 2017
The number of people living in sub-Saharan Africa who were forced to leave their homes due to conflict reached a new high of 18.4 million in 2017, up sharply from 14.1 million in 2016 – the largest regional increase of forcibly displaced people in the world.