Deficit Declines as Top Policy Priority
Reducing the budget deficit has declined as a top public priority since last year, due to a dramatic shift in views among Democrats. The public’s highest priorities for 2014 are the economy, jobs and terrorism.
Most See Inequality Growing, but Partisans Differ over Solutions
There is broad public agreement that economic inequality has grown over the past decade, but there are wide partisan differences over how much the government should – and can – do to address these issues.
Christie’s Image Turns More Negative
Unfavorable views of N.J. governor Chris Christie have doubled since last January in the wake of a scandal involving highway lane closures that led to massive traffic jams. Most of those who have heard about the controversy believe Christie was aware of his aides’ involvement.
Obama’s NSA Speech Has Little Impact on Skeptical Public
Just half have heard about Obama’s changes and most who did say they won’t increase privacy. Overall approval of the surveillance program has declined 10 points since July, from 50% to 40%.
E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps
The proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, but few have completely replaced print books for electronic versions.
Religious Hostilities Reach Six-Year High
Religious hostilities increased in every major region of the world except the Americas. The sharpest increase was in the Middle East and North Africa, a region still feeling the effects of the Arab Spring. And China edged into the “high” category for the first time.
Christie Story Attracts Little Public Interest
The public paid far more attention to last week’s cold snap than to the controversy swirling around New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Bosses More Satisfied than Workers
America’s bosses are more satisfied with their family life, jobs and overall financial situation than are non-managerial employees. Bosses are also significantly more likely than workers to think of their job as a career rather than just a job to get them by.
In New Year, Half Are Looking Forward to Midterm Elections
As 2014 begins and the midterm election campaigns heat up, about half of the public (51%) is especially looking forward to November’s congressional elections while 49% are not looking forward to them.
Eight-in-Ten African Americans Use the Internet
While African Americans continue to trail whites when it comes to internet use and home broadband adoption overall, young African Americans are just as likely as their white counterparts to use the internet and have especially high rates of Twitter use.