Internet & Tech Jun. 5, 2013

A Milestone for Smartphones

For the first time in Pew Research Center polling, a majority of Americans–56%–say they now own a smartphone of some kind.

Global Jun. 4, 2013

The Global Divide on Homosexuality

As the United States and other countries grapple with the issue of same-sex marriage, a new Pew Research Center survey finds huge variance by region on the broader question of whether homosexuality should be accepted or rejected by society.

Hispanic Jun. 3, 2013

Inside the 2012 Latino Electorate

The 2012 Latino electorate consisted of a record 11.2 million voters, but Latinos’ voter turnout rate continues to trail behind the rate of blacks and whites.

Media & News Jun. 3, 2013

Newsweek’s Decline Leads to Talk of Sale

Newsweeklies in general have faced difficult times in recent years, but the turmoil and decline at Newsweek has been particularly noteworthy.

Religion May. 31, 2013

Muslims and the Internet

Around the world, Muslims who use the internet are much more likely than other Muslims to have a favorable opinion of Western movies, music and television.

U.S. Politics May. 29, 2013

Most Say Disaster Spending Does Not Require Offsetting Cuts

As Oklahoma recovers from last week’s tornado, a majority of Americans (59%) say federal spending in response to natural disasters is emergency aid that does not need to be offset by cuts to other programs, while 29% say it does.

May. 29, 2013

Breadwinner Moms

Mothers are now the sole or primary provider in 40% of households with children, up from just 11% in 1960. The public is conflicted about the gains women have made in the workplace, applauding the economic benefits, but also voicing concerns about the impact on children and marriage.

U.S. Politics May. 23, 2013

New Background Check Bill Favored, Prospects in Doubt

Nearly three-quarters of Americans say that if the Senate background checks bill is reintroduced, Congress should pass it. But even gun control advocates are pessimistic about the bill’s chances.

Global May. 23, 2013

Emerging Markets Better Rated During Difficult Times

Citizens of emerging market countries are happier with their economies than are people in advanced or developing economies.

Religion May. 22, 2013

Contraception Coverage Mandate Back In Spotlight

Over the past year or so, several dozen business owners have sued the federal government over a provision in the 2010 Affordable Care Act that requires many employers to include free coverage of contraceptive services in their employees’ health insurance plans.