Internet & Tech Dec. 31, 2012

Mobile Connections to Libraries

Some 13% of those ages 16 and older have visited library websites or otherwise accessed library services by mobile device. This is the first reading in a national survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project on this subject.

Internet & Tech Dec. 28, 2012

Internet Access at Libraries

African-Americans and Latinos were more likely than whites to access the internet at their local library, as were parents of minor children, those under age 50, and those with some college experience.

Internet & Tech Dec. 27, 2012

E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines

The number of those who read e-books increased from 16% of all Americans ages 16 and older to 23%. At the same time, the number of those who read printed books in the previous 12 months fell.

U.S. Politics Dec. 21, 2012

Hillary Clinton’s Career of Comebacks

With the choice of John Kerry to succeed her, Hillary Clinton prepares to step down as Secretary of State after a political career in which she has been the comeback kid.

U.S. Politics Dec. 20, 2012

Modest Change in Opinion about Gun Control

While support for controlling gun ownership has increased in the wake of the Newtown shootings, the change since July has been modest.

Media & News Dec. 20, 2012

Newtown Sparks Calls for Gun Reform in Social Media, Opinion Pages

The shooting rampage in a Connecticut elementary school last week triggered a conversation different from other recent U.S. gun tragedies.

Dec. 20, 2012

Generation Gap Influences Views on Budget Tradeoffs

The record generation gap evident in the last two presidential elections is echoed by large differences by age in attitudes about the tradeoff between reducing the federal deficit and preserving entitlements for older adults.

Internet & Tech Dec. 20, 2012

How Communities Differ in Their Reading Habits

Reading is foundational to learning and the information acquisition upon which people make decisions. For centuries, the capacity to read has been a benchmark of literacy and involvement in community life.

Dec. 18, 2012

A Bipartisan Nation of Beneficiaries

A majority of Americans, both Democrat and Republican, have received government benefits from one of the six best-known federal entitlement programs.

U.S. Politics Dec. 18, 2012

Public Skeptical about a ’Fiscal Cliff’ Deal

With less than two weeks to go before the nation goes over the fiscal cliff, the public remains pessimistic about the possibility that the president and Congress will reach an agreement by the Jan. 1 deadline.