Ebola Worries Rise, But Most Are ‘Fairly’ Confident in Government, Hospitals to Deal With Disease
Most people (58%) express little or no concern about becoming exposed to Ebola, though that is down from 67% in early October.
Political Polarization & Media Habits
When it comes to getting news about politics and government, liberals and conservatives inhabit different worlds. There is little overlap in the news sources they turn to and trust.
Likely Voters More Ideologically Polarized than Public Overall
While consistent conservatives and liberals are much more likely to vote than those with mixed views, the advantage at the moment goes to the right: Consistent conservatives are 15 percentage points more likely to vote this fall than consistent liberals.
Latino Voters and the 2014 Midterms
A record 25.2 million Latinos are eligible to vote in the 2014 midterms, or 11% of eligible voters nationwide. But in many states with close races this year, Latinos make up a smaller share of eligible voters.
Tunisia Confidence in Democracy Wanes
Tunisian support for democracy has declined steeply since the early days of the Arab Spring. Just 48% of Tunisians now say democracy is preferable to other kinds of government, down from 63% in 2012.
Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age
Experts foresee changes across all aspects of life as digital connectivity advances. They predict hyper-personalized interactions, 3D holograms, immersive virtual reality and a deepening dependency upon machines as we navigate our lives.
Global Views on Opportunity and Inequality
Publics in advanced economies are pessimistic about the financial prospects for the next generation, while emerging and developing nations are more optimistic.
Share of Affluent Students Who Borrow for College Doubles
In 2012, a record 69% of the nation’s new college graduates had taken out student loans. Graduates from more affluent families are much more likely to borrow today than they were 20 years ago.
Partisan Differences Over Depth of Recent Secret Service Problems
Following a White House security breach and reports of other Secret Service problems, roughly equal shares of the public think the recent issues are mainly isolated incidents as think they are signs of broader problems with the agency.
No Evidence of Widespread Alarm Over Ebola in the U.S.
Most Americans have at least a fair amount of confidence in the government’s ability to prevent a major outbreak of Ebola in the U.S. And relatively few are concerned that they or a family member will be exposed to the virus.