U.S. Politics Feb. 11, 2014

Mixed Views of Economic News Persist

Over the past year, both the unemployment rate and the share of Americans in the labor force have fallen. The stock market rose during much of 2013, before falling at the start of this year. Through it all, the public’s perceptions of economic news have changed very little.

Feb. 11, 2014

The Rising Cost of Not Going to College

College-educated Millennials are outperforming their less-educated peers on many economic measures. And the gap between the two groups is wider today compared with previous generations.

Internet & Tech Feb. 11, 2014

How American Couples Use Technology

The internet, cell phones and social media have become key actors in the lives of many American couples. Technology is a source of support and communication as well as tension, and couples say it has both good and bad impacts on their relationships.

Religion Feb. 10, 2014

Russians Return to Religion, But Not to Church

The share of Russians who identified as Orthodox Christians more than doubled between 1991 and 2008, while the share not identifying with any religion dropped. But for most Russians, this return to religion did not correspond with a return to church.

U.S. Politics Feb. 4, 2014

Public Skeptical of Decision to Hold Olympic Games in Russia

More say it was a bad decision than a good decision to hold the games in Russia. Among those saying it was a bad decision, most cite terrorism and security concerns as a reason they feel this way.

U.S. Politics Jan. 30, 2014

More Say U.S. Has Failed than Succeeded in Iraq, Afghanistan

Fewer than half of Republicans, Democrats and independents say the U.S. has mostly succeeded in achieving its goals in either country. Public evaluations of both wars have turned more negative in recent years.

Global Jan. 30, 2014

Attitudes about Aging Vary Widely in Rapidly Graying World

Concern about aging is highest in East Asia and Europe, where populations are aging the fastest. Americans are less concerned.

U.S. Politics Jan. 27, 2014

Deficit Declines as Top Policy Priority

Reducing the budget deficit has declined as a top public priority since last year, due to a dramatic shift in views among Democrats. The public’s highest priorities for 2014 are the economy, jobs and terrorism.

U.S. Politics Jan. 23, 2014

Most See Inequality Growing, but Partisans Differ over Solutions

There is broad public agreement that economic inequality has grown over the past decade, but there are wide partisan differences over how much the government should – and can – do to address these issues.

U.S. Politics Jan. 20, 2014

Christie’s Image Turns More Negative

Unfavorable views of N.J. governor Chris Christie have doubled since last January in the wake of a scandal involving highway lane closures that led to massive traffic jams. Most of those who have heard about the controversy believe Christie was aware of his aides’ involvement.