13% of those ages 16 and older have accessed library websites via mobile devices.
As Americans make their New Year’s resolutions, gazing into their crystal balls in anticipation of 2013, they are pessimistic about the economy, doubtful about Washington avoiding the fiscal cliff and worried about rising inequality and economic unfairness.
23% of Americans ages 16 and older read an e-book in the past year, up from 16% the year before. The share who read a print book declined to 67%, from 72%.
Blacks voted at a higher rate this year than other minority groups and for the first time in history may also have voted at a higher rate than whites.
With the choice of John Kerry to succeed her, Hillary Clinton prepares to step down as Secretary of State after a political career in which she has been the comeback kid.
The public’s news interests were very much focused on domestic developments this year, with the election outcome, last week’s horrific school shooting and Hurricane Sandy leading the list of the top stories of 2012.
While support for controlling gun ownership has increased in the wake of the Newtown shootings, the change since July has been modest.
The shooting rampage in a Connecticut elementary school last week triggered a conversation different from other recent U.S. gun tragedies.
The record generation gap evident in the last two presidential elections is echoed by large differences by age in attitudes about the tradeoff between reducing the federal deficit and preserving entitlements for older adults.
Reading is foundational to learning and the information acquisition upon which people make decisions. For centuries, the capacity to read has been a benchmark of literacy and involvement in community life.