U.S. Politics Jul. 18, 2011

Public Split Evenly on Urgency of Debt Limit Deadline

Most Republicans say that it will not be a major problem if the debt ceiling is not raised by Aug. 2, while the balance of opinion is the reverse among Democrats.

U.S. Politics Jul. 18, 2011

Obama Draws More Confidence than Boehner, McConnell or Cantor on Debt Ceiling

Americans have more confidence in President Obama than other key players to do the right thing on the debt issue, but that amounts to only about half of the public. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor gets the lowest vote of confidence, although that is partly because he is less well-known.

Media & News Jul. 14, 2011

Twitterers Tackle Murdoch’s Tabloid Scandal

The British phone hacking scandal involving Rupert Murdoch’s media empire grabbed the attention of the Twitter universe last week in a way very few stories have. And what was being said was not kind to the beleaguered Australian magnate.

Global Jul. 13, 2011

U.S. Status as World’s Superpower Challenged by Rise of China

The U.S. image abroad is more favorable than it was in the Bush years, but it now faces a new challenge: doubts about America’s superpower status and the belief that China either will replace or already has replaced the United States as the world’s leading superpower.

U.S. Politics Jul. 13, 2011

Casey Anthony Verdict Top Story for Public and Social Networkers

Americans followed news about the verdict in the Casey Anthony murder trial more closely than other top stories, but they also kept a watch on news about the struggling economy and talks in Washington over raising the federal debt limit.

Internet & Tech Jul. 11, 2011

35% of American Adults Own a Smartphone

Smartphones have captured a significant share of the cellphone market in the U.S. and a quarter of owners say they go on line mostly using their device.

U.S. Politics Jul. 11, 2011

Public Now Divided on Debt Limit Debate

While a plurality of Americans still believe raising the debt limit is a greater concern than the prospect of a government default, the percentage of those worried more about a default has grown since May.

Hispanic Jul. 11, 2011

The Mexican-American Boom: Births Overtake Immigration

Births have overtaken immigration as the main driver of the dynamic growth in the U.S. Hispanic population, especially among the largest of all Hispanic groups — Mexican-Americans.

U.S. Politics Jul. 7, 2011

Public Wants Changes in Entitlements, Not Changes in Benefits

The public sees the need for changes to improve the performance and finances of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid but does not support reductions in benefits. Republicans have divisions in their ranks on entitlement reforms.

Jul. 6, 2011

In Two Years of Economic Recovery, Women Lost Jobs, Men Found Them

During the sluggish two-year recovery from the Great Recession, men have gained 768,000 jobs while women have lost 218,000 jobs. This new gender gap in employment trends represents a sharp turnabout from the recession itself, when men lost more than twice as many jobs as women. The current recovery is the first since 1970 in which women have lost jobs while men have gained them.