Why Own a Gun? Protection Is Now Top Reason
Far more gun owners today than in 1999 cite protection – rather than hunting or other activities – as the main reason they own guns. Among the majority of Americans who do not have guns, safety is a major concern.
Public’s Views of Economic News Remain Mixed
As federal spending cuts take effect and the stock market has reached record highs, the public continues to say they are hearing a mix of good and bad news about the economy.
Latinos Closing the Digital Divide
Latinos own smartphones, go online from a mobile device and use social networking sites at similar — and sometimes higher — rates than do other groups of Americans.
Views of the Catholic Church’s Problems and Contributions
U.S. Catholics see sex abuse as the church’s most important problem and charity as its most important contribution.
Religious Observance Among European Catholics Holds Steady
Pope Benedict XVI was dedicated to combating secularization, but there was no marked resurgence of faith in Europe.
How Teachers Are Using Technology
A survey of select middle and high school teachers shows digital tools are widely used in their classrooms, yet many teachers worry about digital divides when it comes to their students’ access to technology.
Public Views GOP as Principled, But Out of Touch
While somewhat more say the Republican Party than the Democratic Party has strong principles, the GOP is viewed as too extreme and out of touch.
Most See Major Impact From Spending Cuts
The public is fatigued after a series of fiscal crises. Only a quarter are following the issue very closely.
Little Public Support for Cutting Most Programs
As the March 1 deadline for a possible budget sequester approaches, a new national survey finds limited public support for reducing spending for a range of specific programs, including defense, entitlements, education and health care.
U.S. Catholics Divided On Church’s Direction Under New Pope
Three-quarters of American Catholics have a favorable view of Pope Benedict XVI, but many also express a desire for change.