Trust in Government Nears Record Low
Public trust in the government, already quite low, has edged even lower in a survey conducted just before the Oct. 16 agreement to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.
Tablet and E-reader Ownership
The number of Americans ages 16 and older who own tablet computers has grown to 35%, and the share who have e-reading devices like Kindles and Nooks has grown to 24%. Overall, the number of people who have a tablet or an e-book reader among those 16 and older now stands at 43%.
Saudi Arabia’s Image Falters among Middle East Neighbors
A Pew Research Center survey reveals that Saudi Arabia’s standing has slipped substantially among key Middle Eastern publics. However, opinion of Saudi Arabia has not soured in other predominately Muslim countries outside of the region.
Tea Party’s Image Turns More Negative
The Tea Party is less popular than ever, with even many Republicans now viewing the movement negatively. Meanwhile, Senator Ted Cruz’s popularity has soared among Tea Party Republicans, while John Boehner’s image has suffered.
More Concern About the Debt Limit, But Skepticism Persists
Public concern over breaching the debt limit deadline has risen only slightly from a week ago. Among those who see no dire economic consequences from missing the Thursday deadline, most say there is no need to raise the debt limit at all.
More Watch Broadcast News, But Cable TV Viewers More Engaged
While the largest audiences tune into local and network broadcast news, it is the 24/7 national cable news channels that command the most attention from their viewers, who watch an average of 25 minutes a day.
Posting Videos Online a Fast-Growing Trend
31% of American adult internet users have posted videos online, double the percentage in 2009. The share of online adults who watch or download videos has also grown, and mobile phones have become a key part of the video viewing and creating experience.
Parents Find Child Care More Meaningful, Tiring Than Paid Work
Mothers and fathers both find more meaning in time with their kids than they do in the time they spend at work. However, mothers are more likely than fathers to find both activities exhausting.
Partisans Dug in on Budget Impasse
44% of Americans say that Republican leaders should agree to a budget deal without cuts or delays to the 2010 health care law, while 42% say it is Obama who should agree to cuts or delays in the law.
More Latinos Say Illegal Immigration’s Effect on the U.S. Latino Community is Positive
Hispanics’ views of the impact of unauthorized immigration on the U.S. Hispanic community have grown more positive since 2010, according to a new nationwide survey of 5,103 Hispanic adults by the Pew Research Center.