High Court Strikes Down DOMA but Leaves Fate of Proposition 8 Uncertain
The U.S. Supreme Court has handed down two landmark same-sex marriage rulings, one striking down a major provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the other leaving uncertain the fate of California’s Proposition 8.
’Digital Natives’ Still Bound to Print
Even in an age of increasing digital resources, younger Americans are more likely than older Americans to use and appreciate libraries as physical spaces – places to study for class, go online, or just hang out.
Top Global Threats: Climate Change, Financial Instability
Majorities in many of the 39 nations surveyed cite global climate change and international financial instability as major threats to their countries. Islamic extremism is also a serious concern.
Border Security Timing a Dividing Line in Immigration Debate
While the public broadly supports a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants, it is divided over one of the most contentious issues in Congress – whether border security must be achieved before the process of legalization can go forward.
Arab Spring Adds to Religious Restrictions
Despite hopes that the political uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa would lead to greater freedoms for the people of the region, a new study finds that restrictions on religion continued to increase in 2011.
Family Caregivers Wired for Health
Four-in-ten adults in the U.S. are caring for an adult or child with significant health issues, up from 30% in 2010, and many navigate health care with the help of technology.
Diverse Origins: The Nation’s 14 Largest Hispanic-Origin Groups
The nation’s Latino population is diverse. Represented among the 51.9 million Latinos in the United States are individuals who trace their heritage to more than 20 Spanish-speaking nations worldwide.
Obama Job Approval Holds Steady
Barack Obama’s job approval rating has changed little in the past month, despite a series of recent controversies. In part, Obama is benefiting from improving views of the economy – the share rating the nation’s economy as excellent or good has doubled over the past year.
Public Split on NSA Leak Impact, Most Say Prosecute Snowden
Young people are more likely than other age groups to think that the NSA leak serves the public interest and are divided over whether Snowden should be prosecuted.
Public Remains Opposed to Arming Syrian Rebels
About two-thirds (68%) say the U.S. is too overcommitted to get involved in another conflict, and just 27% disagree. The public also has questions about the opposition groups in Syria: 60% say that they may be no better than the current government.