The biggest one-week story of the year was the May 1 killing May of Osama bin Laden by Navy Seals, which filled 69% of that week’s newshole. It was the biggest weekly story ever measured by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism since they began tracking coverage in January 2007.
Following the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses four years ago, 40% of Americans said that the amount of press coverage it received was too much.
Roughly two-thirds (67%) of social media users say that staying in touch with current friends and family members is a major reason they use these social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or LinkedIn.
Nearly three-quarters (73%) of Democrats say that what bothers them most about the tax system is their belief that wealthy people are not paying their fair share; only 38% of Republicans agree.
More than half (52%) of combat veterans who served in the post-9/11 wars said they had suffered emotionally traumatic or distressing experiences while in the military.
One-third of voters say their own representative in Congress should not be re-elected.
As the last U.S. combat troops head home from Iraq this month, some will face a difficult re-entry to civilian life. A Pew Research Center survey of 1,853 veterans found that 27% said readjusting to civilian life was “very” or “somewhat difficult.”
Between May 2 and Nov. 27 of this year, there were more than 1.1 million postings on Twitter about Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul. He received far more discussion on social media than in the traditional news outlets.
Nearly half (46%) of unauthorized adult immigrants in the U.S. today are parents of minor children.
The religious traditions with the largest number of advocacy groups in Washington, D.C. are Catholicism (19% of all groups) and evangelical Protestantism (18% of all groups).