Internet & Tech Apr. 21, 2015

Americans’ Views on Open Government Data

Many hope that more transparency and data sharing will help journalists, make officials more accountable and improve decisions. But very few think agencies are doing a great job of providing useful data.

U.S. Politics Apr. 20, 2015

Views of Supreme Court Little Changed as Major Rulings Loom

Public views of the Supreme Court are little changed since last summer, following the court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case and other end-of-term decisions.

U.S. Politics Apr. 16, 2015

Less Support for Death Penalty, Especially Among Democrats

A majority of Americans favor the death penalty for those convicted of murder, but support is at a 40-year low. Much of the decline in support since the mid-1990s has come among Democrats.

Global Apr. 15, 2015

Cell Phones in Africa a Communication Lifeline

The proliferation of mobile phone networks has transformed communications in sub-Saharan Africa. It has also allowed Africans to skip the landline stage of development and jump right to the digital age.

U.S. Politics Apr. 14, 2015

Why Americans Support or Oppose Legalizing Marijuana

Supporters of marijuana legalization cite its perceived health benefits, or see it as no more dangerous than other drugs. To opponents, it is a dangerous drug, one that inflicts damage on people and society more generally.

Apr. 9, 2015

A Rising Share of the U.S. Black Population Is Foreign Born

A record 3.8 million black immigrants live in the U.S. today, accounting for 8.7% of the nation’s black population, nearly triple their share in 1980. While half are from the Caribbean, African immigration has soared since 2000.

Internet & Tech Apr. 9, 2015

How Teens Use Social Media & Technology

Smartphones are fueling a shift in the communication landscape for teens. Nearly three-quarters of teens now use smartphones and 92% of teens report going online daily — including 24% who say they go online “almost constantly.”

U.S. Politics Apr. 7, 2015

Sharp Differences in Party Affiliation

A new analysis of long-term trends in party affiliation finds wide demographic differences in the groups that identify as Republicans and Democrats. Meanwhile, the share of political independents is at a 75-year high.

Global Apr. 7, 2015

Americans, Japanese Trust and Respect Each Other

Americans and Japanese share a deep mutual respect and trust of one another. But both nations are wary of China and differ on whether Japan should play a more active military role in the Asia-Pacific region.

U.S. Politics Apr. 2, 2015

Campaign 2016: Modest Interest, High Stakes

The 2016 presidential campaign is starting out with lower voter interest than at the same point in 2008. But there are already stark differences in how possible Democratic and Republican fields are shaping up.