U.S. Politics Feb. 20, 2013

Hagel Better Known, Viewed More Negatively

Unfavorable opinions of Chuck Hagel have increased over the past month as he has faced a bruising confirmation battle to become President Obama’s secretary of defense.

U.S. Politics Feb. 14, 2013

Most Approve of Ending Saturday Mail Delivery

A majority of Americans (54%) approve of the U.S. Postal Service’s recent decision to halt Saturday delivery of letters, while 32% disapprove of the decision.

Internet & Tech Feb. 14, 2013

Who’s Using Social Media?

A late 2012 survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project shows that young adults are more likely than others to use major social media. At the same time, other groups are interested in different sites and services.

Religion Feb. 13, 2013

The Shifting Global Catholic Population

Catholics have made up a remarkably stable share of the global population over the past century, but their geographic distribution has shifted significantly during that time.

Media & News Feb. 12, 2013

News Coverage of Pope Benedict XVI

Perhaps the most visible religious figure in the world, Pope Benedict has has been by far the central figure in mainstream religion coverage.

Global Feb. 11, 2013

Continued Support for U.S. Drone Strikes

While U.S. drone strikes have faced new scrutiny in recent weeks, a majority of the public continues to support the program. Overall, 56% approve of the U.S. conducting missile strikes from pilotless aircraft to target extremists in countries such as Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia; just 26% say they disapprove.

U.S. Politics Feb. 11, 2013

Little Change in Views of Importance of State of the Union

A plurality of the public (43%) views Barack Obama’s upcoming State of the Union as about as important as past years’ addresses.

Media & News Feb. 11, 2013

Four Newspapers Succeeding Amid Grim Economic Landscape

Here are case studies of four newspapers that have found new business models that are generating significant new income.

Religion Feb. 8, 2013

Gay Marriage Around the World

On Feb. 12, the French National Assembly is expected to pass a measure legalizing same-sex marriage. Although the bill still needs to win the approval of the French Senate and be signed by the president, it is expected to become law as soon as May 2013.

Feb. 7, 2013

A Portrait of Second Generation Americans

A new analysis of the 20 million adult U.S- born children of immigrants finds they are substantially better off than immigrants themselves on key measures of socioeconomic attainment.