About two-thirds of registered voters have a favorable impression of Michelle Obama.
Four years ago, 56% of the public watched at least some of the GOP convention and 46% watched at least some of the Democratic gathering.
A plurality of independents (42%) rate Mitt Romney’s choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate “only fair” or “poor,” but even more rate Joe Biden’s performance negatively.
Most middle class Americans say it is more difficult today than 10 years ago for those in the middle class to maintain their standard of living.
The number of Hispanics enrolled in college continued to grow in 2011 and reached a record share of all college enrollments.
There is a 35 point gap between Republicans who believe that government regulation of business usually does more harm than good and the number of Democrats who share that view.
Two-thirds of publics across 16 countries surveyed say they like American music, movies and television, an increase of six percentage points since 2007.
Among the nation’s 10 largest metro areas, Houston has the highest score – 61 out of 200 -- on an index used to measure residential segregation by income.
A majority of U.S. Muslims (57%) say Islam can be understood in more than one way; globally, views among Muslims trend in the opposite direction.
Just 33% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the federal government, the lowest positive rating in 15 years.