Dec. 14, 2006

Luxury or Necessity?

As Americans navigate increasingly crowded lives, the number of things they say they can’t live without has multiplied in the past decade, according to a new Pew Research Center survey that asks whether a broad array of everyday consumer products are luxuries or necessities.

Pew Research Center Sep. 13, 2006

The Devil’s New Playground: The Shopping Mall

Has the repeal of Sunday blue laws given the Devil a new playground? A pair of economists think so.

Pew Research Center Aug. 23, 2006

“Remedy” Ads May be Hazardous to Your Health

Find out why it might make sense to put health warnings on self-improvement ads. And learn what happens to companies whose CEO’s are narcissists.

Aug. 8, 2006

As the Price of Gas Goes Up, The Nation’s Odometer Slows Down

About half the public says it is driving less due to sticker shock at the pump.

Aug. 1, 2006

Americans and Their Cars: Is the Romance on the Skids?

Any nation with more passenger vehicles than licensed drivers has a pretty serious love affair with the automobile. But the romance seems to be cooling off a bit — a casualty of its own intensity.

May. 23, 2006

Gambling: As the Take Rises, So Does Public Concern

A new study from the Pew Research Center finds a modest backlash in attitudes toward legalized gambling, even as the public is spending more money on more forms of legal gambling.

Mar. 28, 2006

A Barometer of Modern Morals

Cheating on your taxes, cheating on your spouse and other questions of right and wrong

Mar. 7, 2006

Gauging Family Intimacy

Most dog and cat owners think of their pets as family. Almost all describe their relationship to their pets as “close.” Dear old dad doesn’t fare quite as well.

Feb. 28, 2006

Who’s Feeling Rushed?

If you want to find out who’s always feeling starved for time, just ask a working mom.