Nearly eight-in-ten adults (78%) say the large amount of American debt that is held by China is a very serious problem for the U.S.
The number of Americans saying they saw news or news headlines on social networking sites the previous day increased from 9% in 2010 to 19%
A record 40% of all households headed by someone younger than age 35 owe money on their student loans, by far the highest share among any age group
The Supreme Court opens its new term on Monday after a year in which the number of Americans who held an unfavorable opinion of it (37%) reached a quarter-century high.
Just over four-in-ten (43%) Americans believe the government should help more needy people, even if it means going deeper in debt. Support for the social safety net has declined among Republicans and independents.
In the two years since the end of the recession, median household income has fallen by 4.1%, decreasing by about as much as it did during the recession itself.
About half (52%) of adults who self-identify as middle class say they believe Barack Obama’s policies in a second term would help the middle class compared to 42% who say that of Mitt Romney, a 10-point difference.
Going into the first of three presidential debates on Oct. 3, the number of registered voters who regard Barack Obama favorably is 10 points higher than it is for Mitt Romney.
Nearly half (45%) of the nation’s Hispanic population lives in just 10 metropolitan areas.
As Egypt’s new president comes to New York to speak at the UN, few in his country say Obama has been fair in dealings with Israelis and Palestinians