The Growth of the Nonreligious
About half of Americans say the growing number of “people who are not religious” is bad for American society. And two-thirds of Americans – affiliated and unaffiliated alike – say religion is losing its influence in Americans’ lives.
Public Divided over Same-Sex Marriage Rulings
Most Americans are aware of the ruling and its implications.
Favorable Views of Business, Labor Rebound
Favorable opinions of both business corporations and labor unions have rebounded from record lows reached in the summer of 2011.
Canada’s Changing Religious Landscape
A new Pew Research Center analysis of Canadian census and survey data finds that more Canadians belong to minority faiths than ever before. In addition, the number of Canadians with no religious affiliation has been rising, and attendance at religious services has been dropping.
High Court Strikes Down DOMA but Leaves Fate of Proposition 8 Uncertain
The U.S. Supreme Court has handed down two landmark same-sex marriage rulings, one striking down a major provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the other leaving uncertain the fate of California’s Proposition 8.
’Digital Natives’ Still Bound to Print
Even in an age of increasing digital resources, younger Americans are more likely than older Americans to use and appreciate libraries as physical spaces – places to study for class, go online, or just hang out.
Top Global Threats: Climate Change, Financial Instability
Majorities in many of the 39 nations surveyed cite global climate change and international financial instability as major threats to their countries. Islamic extremism is also a serious concern.
Border Security Timing a Dividing Line in Immigration Debate
While the public broadly supports a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants, it is divided over one of the most contentious issues in Congress – whether border security must be achieved before the process of legalization can go forward.
Arab Spring Adds to Religious Restrictions
Despite hopes that the political uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa would lead to greater freedoms for the people of the region, a new study finds that restrictions on religion continued to increase in 2011.
Family Caregivers Wired for Health
Four-in-ten adults in the U.S. are caring for an adult or child with significant health issues, up from 30% in 2010, and many navigate health care with the help of technology.