U.S. Catholics Happy with Pope Selection
Nearly three-quarters of U.S. Catholics say they are happy with the selection of Pope Francis. But they are divided over how big a change he represents for the church.
After 10 Years, Iraq War Still Divisive
A decade after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the public offers a divided judgment of the war and of the original decision to use military force in Iraq.
The way moms and dads spend their time has changed dramatically over the past 50 years, but gender gaps remain. Both feel the stress of balancing work and family.
“Strong” Catholic Identity at a Four-Decade Low
The percentage of U.S. Catholics who consider themselves “strong” members of the Roman Catholic Church has never been lower than it was in 2012. The decline is starker when compared with Protestants.
Teens’ Tech Habits
Smartphone adoption among American teens has increased substantially and mobile access to the internet is pervasive. One-in-four teens now mostly go online using their phone.
Why Own a Gun? Protection Is Now Top Reason
Far more gun owners today than in 1999 cite protection – rather than hunting or other activities – as the main reason they own guns. Among the majority of Americans who do not have guns, safety is a major concern.
Public’s Views of Economic News Remain Mixed
As federal spending cuts take effect and the stock market has reached record highs, the public continues to say they are hearing a mix of good and bad news about the economy.
Latinos Closing the Digital Divide
Latinos own smartphones, go online from a mobile device and use social networking sites at similar — and sometimes higher — rates than do other groups of Americans.
Views of the Catholic Church’s Problems and Contributions
U.S. Catholics see sex abuse as the church’s most important problem and charity as its most important contribution.
Religious Observance Among European Catholics Holds Steady
Pope Benedict XVI was dedicated to combating secularization, but there was no marked resurgence of faith in Europe.