Mobile Messaging and Social Media 2015
36% of adult smartphone owners use messaging apps, while 17% use apps that automatically delete sent messages. These types of apps are adding to an already complex terrain of digital and social communication. Meanwhile, social media platforms continue to attract dedicated users.
Continued Bipartisan Support for Expanded Background Checks
The public continues to overwhelmingly support making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks, as well as laws to prevent people with mental illness from purchasing guns.
Teens, Technology and Friendships
American teens don’t just make friends in the schoolyard or neighborhood — many are finding new friends online. Video games, social media and mobile phones play an integral role in how teens meet and interact.
Across Racial Lines, More Say Nation Needs to Make Changes to Achieve Racial Equality
Over the past year, there has been a substantial rise in the share of Americans — across racial and ethnic groups — who say the country needs to continue making changes to give blacks equal rights with whites.
Russia, Putin Held in Low Regard around the World
Outside its own borders, neither Russia nor its president, Vladimir Putin, receives much respect or support, with a median of only 30% across 39 nations surveyed seeing Russia favorably.
Negative Views of Supreme Court at Record High
Following major, end-of-term rulings on the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage, unfavorable opinions of the Supreme Court have reached a 30-year high.
More Millennials Living With Family
Despite improvements in the labor market, Millennials today are less likely to be living independently of their families and establishing their own households than they were in the depths of the Great Recession.
GOP’s Rating Takes a Negative Turn
The Republican Party’s favorability rating has grown more negative over the first half of this year. Currently, 32% have a favorable impression of the GOP, while 60% have an unfavorable view. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party continues to have mixed ratings.
An Elaboration of AAAS Scientists’ Views
This report provides a deeper examination of views about key science topics by members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Global Publics: Economic Conditions Are Bad
Seven years after the beginning of the global financial crisis, our survey of 40 nations finds that publics in fewer than half the countries have a positive view of their economy.