Religion Jul. 18, 2013

Brazil’s Changing Religious Landscape

As Pope Francis prepares to celebrate World Youth Day in Brazil, an analysis of census data finds that the share of Brazilians who are Catholic has been dropping. The percentage of Brazilians who belong to Protestant churches, other religions or no religion has been growing.

Global Jul. 18, 2013

America’s Global Image Remains More Positive Than China’s

While publics around the world believe China’s economic power is rising, it has not led to more positive ratings for the country.

U.S. Politics Jul. 17, 2013

Fewer See Events in Egypt as Critical to U.S. Interests

Public interest in news from Egypt has plummeted since the early weeks of the Arab Spring. And the share of Americans saying what happens in Egypt is “very important” to U.S. interests has fallen from 46% to 36%.

Internet & Tech Jul. 16, 2013

Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing

A majority of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers say digital tools encourage students to be more invested in their writing and make teaching writing easier, but also worry that they are having some undesirable effects.

U.S. Politics Jul. 15, 2013

Wide Racial Gap on Who’s Following Zimmerman Trial

The final days of the George Zimmerman trial attracted modest public interest, with 26% following the news very closely. But blacks were twice as likely as whites to say they tracked the trial “very closely.”

Global Jul. 11, 2013

Public Mood Rebounds in Japan, Abe Popular

After more than two decades of economic turmoil and political transition, the Japanese public’s mood is improving. And seven-in-ten Japanese have a favorable opinion of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Religion Jul. 11, 2013

Public Esteem for Military Still High

More than three-quarters of Americans continue to believe that members of the military contribute “a lot” to society’s well-being. By contrast, only 37% say clergy make a big contribution to society, and journalists have dropped the most in public esteem since 2009.

Internet & Tech Jul. 3, 2013

Six Percent of Online Adults are reddit Users

Young men are especially likely to visit the site. Some 15% of male internet users ages 18-29 say that they use reddit, compared with 5% of women in the same age range and 8% of men ages 30-49.

Jul. 2, 2013

Rise of Single Fathers

A record 8% of households with minor children in the United States are headed by a single father, up from just over 1% in 1960. The increase is likely due to the growing share of non-marital births, higher divorce rates and the increasing importance of fathers as caregivers.

Religion Jul. 2, 2013

The Growth of the Nonreligious

About half of Americans say the growing number of “people who are not religious” is bad for American society. And two-thirds of Americans – affiliated and unaffiliated alike – say religion is losing its influence in Americans’ lives.