A majority of Americans without health insurance say they will obtain it in the next six months, but only 26% say it is because of the health law’s requirement.
Traffic remained heavy on the first week that new online health insurances exchanges were open – there were 4.7 million unique visitors to healthcare.gov in its first 24 hours – and many consumers still had to contend with lengthy waits or a variety of technical problems.
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Topics: Health Care
The recent news that CNN and NBC have canceled projects about the life of Hillary Clinton after pressure from both sides of the political spectrum is one more indication that the maneuvering in advance of the 2016 presidential election is already underway—more than three years before voters go to the polls.
Presidential campaign coverage always seems to start early, and perhaps more so this year. The 2016 election has received more media coverage this year than either the 2012 or 2008 campaigns received during comparable time frames, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of major U.S. newspapers. And thus far in 2013, the potential candidate generating the most coverage is former Secretary of State, senator and First Lady Hillary Clinton.
As the government shutdown enters its third day, anger at the federal government is as high as it has been in many years.
But the public has long expressed a more negative opinion of “the government” than of the departments and agencies that actually carry out the work of government.
Three years ago, the Pew Research Center conducted a major study of public attitudes about government. At that time, shortly before the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, Americans were about as critical of government as they are today. Just 22% said they could trust the government almost always or most of the time; 26% expressed that view in January of this year.
Yet in that 2010 survey, clear majorities expressed favorable opinions of many of the government departments and agencies tested. Only one – the Department of Education – was viewed more unfavorably than favorably.
As the 2010 report on opinions about government noted, favorable ratings for several departments had declined since the late 1990s. The most striking shift was in views of the education department: In 1997, 61% had a favorable impression of the Department of Education, but that fell to 40% in 2010.
However, favorable ratings for Congress continue to be far lower than for any of the federal departments or agencies tested in the 2010 survey. In July of this year, just 21% had a favorable impression of Congress, while 70% viewed the institution unfavorably – among the most negative measures in nearly three decades of polling.
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Pew Research Center produces original data on a wide range of topics. We also share a lot of our findings on social media. Here, in no particular order, is a list of some of our most popular content on social media, informed by our analytics, from reports released in 2013.
1. Fathers spend more time on housework and child care, but still only do about half of what mothers do. (Report)
A majority of white evangelicals believe God gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people, compared with 40% of American Jews who believe the same.
Israel defines itself as a Jewish state, and most Jews in the United States say that emotionally they are either very attached (30%) or somewhat attached (39%) to Israel. But on some measures, Jews’ feelings for Israel are equaled or even exceeded by those of white evangelical Protestants.
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The simultaneous Oct. 1 shutdown of the federal government and launch of the health insurance exchange portion of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) have become inextricably linked in the current partisan showdown in Washington.
In recent days, two separate, but related conversations have taken place on Twitter—one about the government shutdown and the other about the ACA, the landmark legislation at the heart of the Congressional impasse that triggered the shutdown.
Opinions about the shutdown in the run-up to the deadline were dominated by those opposed to it and who largely blamed Republicans. But there was more conversation on Twitter about the ACA than the shutdown in those three days, and views there were driven by opponents of the program and were largely critical of the president.
The Greek government is preparing to try several lawmakers representing the Golden Dawn, a nationalist and anti-immigrant party that the government describes as “neo-Nazi.” The upcoming trial is related to the fatal stabbing of an anti-fascist rap musician on Sept. 18, by a Golden Dawn sympathizer.
Golden Dawn, a far right wing party whose motto is “Greece belongs to Greeks,” has gained popularity at a time when the nation has been struggling with high unemployment as a result of the financial crisis and strict austerity measures imposed by the government. In the June 2012 Greek national elections, Golden Dawn gained 6.9% of the popular vote, entering the parliament for the first time with 18 seats.
Since the party gained the seats, the government alleges that the group has also been involved in attacking and intimidating immigrants, whose presence has increased in recent years. Read More →
The question of how many Jewish Americans there are does not have a simple answer. That’s because the number of Jews in the U.S. depends on how one defines a Jew, as explained in the Pew Research Center’s major new survey of Jewish Americans.
There are about 4.2 million American adults who say they are Jewish by religion, representing 1.8% of the U.S. adult population. But there are roughly 5.3 million Jews (2.2% of the adult population) if the total also includes “Jews of no religion,” a group of people who say they are atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular” when asked about their religion but who were raised Jewish or have a Jewish parent and who still consider themselves Jewish aside from religion. This is the net Jewish population as defined by the Pew Research report.
When it’s not delivering the mail, fighting battles overseas or providing fodder for late-night comics, the federal government is a prodigious collector, analyzer and disseminator of data. And for economic analysts, social scientists and other researchers who’ve come to rely on federal data, the government shutdown will slow the flow of facts and figures to, if not a trickle, at least a rivulet. (The first major data casualty was the Census Bureau’s monthly report on construction spending, which was supposed to come out Tuesday.)
Here’s a by-no-means comprehensive look at the shutdown’s data victims, compiled from agency release schedules and third-party calendars. Tell us how the shutdown is affecting your data needs in the Comments section below, or on Twitter at @FactTank. And bear in mind that even if the shutdown ends after just a few days, data releases likely will be delayed. Read More →
About half of Americans say the political parties have grown so far apart that they can’t agree on solutions
Almost half of Americans say Congress is gridlocked because of the wide partisan gap; more than a third say it’s because of a few members who won’t compromise.
As Republicans and Democrats traded blame for the impasse that led to this week’s government shutdown, President Obama said during a Rose Garden appearance Tuesday that he would not give in to demands by “one faction, of one party, of one house of Congress in one branch of government.” He was referring to the conservative GOP faction that won’t accept a budget deal without rollbacks of the health care law. Read More →
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Topics: Federal Government