U.S. Politics May. 29, 2013

Most Say Disaster Spending Does Not Require Offsetting Cuts

As Oklahoma recovers from last week’s tornado, a majority of Americans (59%) say federal spending in response to natural disasters is emergency aid that does not need to be offset by cuts to other programs, while 29% say it does.

May. 29, 2013

Breadwinner Moms

Mothers are now the sole or primary provider in 40% of households with children, up from just 11% in 1960. The public is conflicted about the gains women have made in the workplace, applauding the economic benefits, but also voicing concerns about the impact on children and marriage.

U.S. Politics May. 23, 2013

New Background Check Bill Favored, Prospects in Doubt

Nearly three-quarters of Americans say that if the Senate background checks bill is reintroduced, Congress should pass it. But even gun control advocates are pessimistic about the bill’s chances.

Global May. 23, 2013

Emerging Markets Better Rated During Difficult Times

Citizens of emerging market countries are happier with their economies than are people in advanced or developing economies.

Religion May. 22, 2013

Contraception Coverage Mandate Back In Spotlight

Over the past year or so, several dozen business owners have sued the federal government over a provision in the 2010 Affordable Care Act that requires many employers to include free coverage of contraceptive services in their employees’ health insurance plans.

Internet & Tech May. 21, 2013

How Teens Share on Social Media

Teens are sharing more personal information on their profiles than in the past. They choose private settings for Facebook, but share with large networks of friends. Most teen social media users say they aren’t very concerned about third-party access to their data.

U.S. Politics May. 20, 2013

Interest in IRS, Benghazi News Divided by Party

So far, public interest in a trio of controversies connected to the Obama administration remains limited. Republicans are following the stories much more closely.

Pew Research Center May. 20, 2013

5 Facts About Tumblr

By Drew DeSilver Yahoo! today confirmed that it’s buying 6-year-old blogging service Tumblr for $1.1 billion in cash. Who uses Tumblr? We consulted the recent report on social-media demographics from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project to find out:  Only 6% of Internet users surveyed in late 2012 reported using Tumblr, versus two-thirds for […]

Pew Research Center May. 20, 2013

As Supreme Court Weighs Voting Rights Act Changes, No Racial Gap in Voting Problems

By Andrew Kohut In the next several weeks the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the requirement that several states, mostly in the South, get “pre-clearance” from the Justice Department before they make any changes to their election laws. The requirement was part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which […]

Religion May. 17, 2013

The Religious Affiliation of U.S. Immigrants

The religious affiliation of U.S. immigrants is majority Christian, but there is a rising share of other faiths, including Muslims and Hindus.