Sharp Differences in Party Affiliation
A new analysis of long-term trends in party affiliation finds wide demographic differences in the groups that identify as Republicans and Democrats. Meanwhile, the share of political independents is at a 75-year high.
Americans, Japanese Trust and Respect Each Other
Americans and Japanese share a deep mutual respect and trust of one another. But both nations are wary of China and differ on whether Japan should play a more active military role in the Asia-Pacific region.
Campaign 2016: Modest Interest, High Stakes
The 2016 presidential campaign is starting out with lower voter interest than at the same point in 2008. But there are already stark differences in how possible Democratic and Republican fields are shaping up.
The Future of World Religions
If current demographic trends persist, Christians will remain steady, Muslims will grow and people with no religion will decline as a share of the world’s population in the coming decades.
U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015
Nearly two-thirds (64%) of Americans own a smartphone, up from 35% in 2011. Today, 19% rely to some extent on a smartphone for internet access, but connectivity for these users is frequently tenuous.
Views of U.S.-Iran Nuclear Negotiations
More Americans approve (49%) than disapprove (40%) of the U.S. negotiating directly with Iran over its nuclear program. But most are skeptical of whether Iranian leaders are serious about the issue.
U.S. Unauthorized Immigrants in the Labor Force
Most hold low-skilled service, construction and production jobs, but those shares have fallen since 2007. In the states, the leading industry employers are hospitality, manufacturing and construction.
Federal Tax System Seen in Need of Overhaul
Americans’ top complaint about the tax system is not the amount they pay in taxes, but the feeling that some corporations and wealthy people do not pay their fair share.
The Internet’s Influence in Emerging, Developing Nations
People in emerging and developing nations say the increasing use of the internet has had a good influence on education, personal relationships and the economy, but less of a good influence on politics and morality.
Public Libraries and Hispanics
Hispanic immigrants are less likely than U.S.-born Hispanics, whites and blacks to use public libraries. But Hispanic immigrants who have made their way to public libraries stand out as the most appreciative of what libraries have to offer.