Most Say Monitoring Allied Leaders’ Calls Is Unacceptable
In the wake of reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been listening to phone calls of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other heads of state, a 56% majority of Americans say it is unacceptable for the U.S. to monitor the phones of allied leaders.
8% of U.S. Adults Get News Through Twitter
Compared with the 30% of Americans who get news on Facebook, Twitter news consumers stand out as younger, more mobile and more highly educated. 85% of Twitter news consumers get news at least sometimes on mobile.
Republicans Divided Over Climate Change
As many Republicans say there is solid evidence of global warming as say there is not (46% each). Among those who agree with the Tea Party, 70% say there is not solid evidence of warming, while 61% of non-Tea Party Republicans say global warming does exist.
More Share Photos and Videos Online
About half of internet users have posted their own or others’ photos or videos online. Cell phones and smartphones have given rise to photo- and video-sharing apps: 18% of cell owners use Instagram and 9% use Snapchat.
News Finds Americans on Facebook
Roughly one in three U.S. adults get news on Facebook, though more than three-quarters of them see that news when they are on the site for other reasons.
Public Closely Tracks Shutdown Resolution
The public closely tracked the resolution to the government shutdown and increase in the debt limit, with nearly half (49%) saying they followed news very closely and 30% saying they followed news somewhat closely.
Most Hispanics Say Their Community Needs a Leader
Three-quarters of Latinos living in the U.S. say that their community needs a national leader, but about the same share either cannot name one or don’t believe one exists.
Public Sees Bumpy Launch of Health Insurance Exchanges
Public awareness of the new health insurance exchanges has increased significantly over the past month, but the public’s overall impression is the launch is not going well.
Online Dating & Relationships
Attitudes about online dating have become more positive in recent years. Currently, one-in-ten Americans have used an online dating site or mobile dating app. However, many users also report negative experiences.
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.