Shrinking Majority of Americans Support Death Penalty
While a majority of U.S. adults still support the death penalty for persons convicted of murder, public support for capital punishment has been ticking downward for the past two decades.
State of the News Media 2014
Our eleventh annual report details the revenue picture for news, the growth in digital reporting, acquisitions and content sharing in local TV news and the digital news video landscape. It also provides the latest data on audience, economics, news investment and ownership trends.
Concerns about Russia Rise, But Just a Quarter Call Moscow an Adversary
In the wake of Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region, public concern about Russia has increased, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.
Nearly Half of Public Says ‘Right Amount’ of Malaysian Jet Coverage
The public followed news about the missing Malaysia Airlines plane more closely than any other story last week. While the story has attracted extensive news coverage, most Americans do not feel there has been too much coverage of the missing jetliner.
Health Care Law Remains Unpopular
As the fourth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act approaches, the law remains unpopular and there continue to be deep partisan and demographic differences in views of the law. A majority of the law’s opponents, however, want politicians to do what they can to make it work.
Keystone XL Pipeline Divides Democrats
While Republicans and independents continue to favor constructing the Keystone XL pipeline, Democrats are divided. Opposition to the pipeline is most widespread among highly educated Democrats, liberals and Democrats with high family incomes.
Emerging Nations Support Open Internet
Support for uncensored internet access is especially strong among young people and in countries where a larger share of the population is online.
Growth in Unlawful Reentry Cases Drives Rise in Federal Crimes
Between 1992 and 2012, the number of offenders sentenced in federal courts more than doubled, driven largely by a 28-fold increase in the number of unlawful reentry convictions.
Many See Belief in God as Essential to Morality
In 22 of 40 countries surveyed, majorities think it is necessary to believe in God to be a moral person, but this view is more common in poorer countries than in wealthier ones.
Two-Thirds of Americans Actively Engage with Libraries
Three-in-ten Americans are highly engaged with public libraries, and an additional 39% fall into medium engagement categories. Just 14% do not frequent libraries for personal use.