Barack Obama continues to run even with a generic Republican candidate in the 2012 general election, after holding a big lead in May. Obama is backed by 43% and the Republican by 40%. The margin of error is 3.5 points.
The net worth of households in the U.S. fell sharply from 2005 to 2009, declining by 28%. But the drop in household wealth affected minorities disproportionately.
More than eight-in-ten American adults own cell phones and about three-quarters of them send and receive text messages. Text messaging users send or receive an average of 41.5 messages on a typical day.
In the last year, Spanish-language media tended to fare better overall than their mainstream English-language counterparts, and some of the biggest growth was in television. Univision led the way with 1.9 million primetime viewers, making it the fifth-largest U.S. network.
A plurality of Americans (43%) say one reason that the U.S. has not suffered another major attack since 9/11 is that the government has done a good job in its anti-terrorist efforts, but others (35%) say the country has been lucky.
Voters on average place themselves just right of center politically; this puts them slightly closer to the Republican Party than the Democratic Party.
President Obama's overall job approval rating has declined in recent months, but there is also an intensity gap that has emerged, with Americans more likely to say they very strongly disapprove of Obama’s performance than to say they very strongly approve.
Despite the apparent success of NATO-supported rebel troops, public views about the decision to conduct air strikes in Libya remain mixed and have changed little since the U.S. and allies launched military operations there in late March.
In most regions of the world, opinion of the United States continues to be more favorable than it was in the Bush years.
The lopsided wealth ratios between whites, blacks and Hispanics are the largest since the government began publishing household wealth data a quarter century ago.