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Women More Devout Than Men: Study

Gender gap in Pew study may be explained by both nature and nurture

(Newser) - Every pope, Jesus, Moses, Muhammad, and most other major religious leaders have been men, and many religions have either only recently let up restrictions on women officiants or continue to ban them, the Guardian notes. Yet a new study from the Pew Research Center finds that women are the ones... More »

20% of Us Are Online 'Almost Constantly'

The figures is even higher among those under 50

(Newser) - Do you rarely disconnect from the web? You're not alone. A Pew survey of 2,001 American adults shows 21% who use the Internet do so "almost constantly," reports NBC News . The figure is much higher among younger generations—36% of people 18 to 29 and 28%... More »

Americans Leaving Christianity in Droves

Unaffiliated now number 56M in US behind evangelicals

(Newser) - The nation's Christians are experiencing a steep slide in numbers, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. The survey of 35,000 adults finds the number of those who identify as Christian slid from 78.4% in 2007 to 70.6% in 2014, the New York Times reports.... More »

More Moms Staying Home Full-Time: Pew

Decades-old trend is reversed

(Newser) - Fifteen years ago, only 23% of moms didn't have jobs outside their homes—a modern low. If 2012's numbers are any clue, however, things are changing: The figure rose to 29%, Pew Research reports. The climbing numbers turn a three-decade trend upside down. What's changed? The AP... More »

A Third of Americans Don't Believe in Evolution

Among Republicans, it's more than half: Pew survey

(Newser) - Sorry, science: Fewer than half of Republicans and white evangelical Protestants in the US believe that humans and other living things have evolved over time, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. Overall, a third of Americans say living things are unchanged "since the beginning of time,... More »

Why Moms Are More Tired Than Dads

Working mothers juggle more childcare with work: Pew report

(Newser) - Think parents are stressed as they balance work with childcare? Yep, but moms are more fatigued as they juggle work with the most stressful childcare duties, according to a Pew report of federal data. "Mothers spend much more time than fathers doing physical care—feeding the baby, giving baths,... More »

Majority of Americans Support Phone Spying

56% say phone tracking is acceptable

(Newser) - For all the outcry over the NSA's phone snooping this week, the majority of Americans are A-OK with the government tracking their phone calls. That's according to a new poll by Pew Research and the Washington Post, which found 56% believe tracking calls is an acceptable way for... More »

The 12 Things Nearly All Americans Agree On

Surveys show most of us believe in God, are OK with birth control

(Newser) - What can nine out of 10 Americans agree on? Survey says: not much. That's partly because the big polls such as Pew, Gallup, and the General Social Survey are designed to explore differences, not to document what unites the United States. Still, a few questions discover 90% agreement, or... More »

For First Time, Majority Backs Legal Marijuana

Pew survey finds 52% in favor

(Newser) - The Pew Research Center has a marijuana milestone to report: Most Americans support legalizing pot for the first time in the group's 40 years of polling on the issue. The final tally was 52% to 48%, with the pro-legalization total rising 11 points in just two years. Not surprisingly,... More »

MSNBC Runs More 'Opinion' Stories Than Fox News

Only CNN runs mostly straight news: Pew study

(Newser) - Sorry, Fox-haters: MSNBC runs more opinionated programming than its conservative cable-news counterpart, according to a Pew study . Fox News still runs more opinionated coverage than straight news, but that's 55% opinion to 45% news, as compared to 85% opinion and 15% reporting at MSNBC, reports Mediaite . Pew found that... More »

56% of Young Adults Don't Know What Roe v. Wade Is

Pew takes a poll some 40 years later

(Newser) - Forty years after Roe v. Wade—the decision was handed down on Jan. 22, 1973—abortion is at last fading as a major hot-button issue in the United States, reports the Los Angeles Times . In fact, according to a new poll by Pew Research Center , only 44% of the under-30... More »

Americans on Hard-working Rich: Admirable, Greedy

Oh, and more intelligent and less honest: Pew Research Center poll

(Newser) - Good news for the 1%: A little more than 40% of Americans think you are more intelligent and more hardworking than the average Joe, according to a new Pew Research Center poll . And if you worked hard to get your money, then 92% of middle-class Americans would describe you as... More »

Rich, Poor Living Farther and Farther Apart—Literally

Census data reveal that income inequality driving demographic shift

(Newser) - Rich Americans and poor Americans are increasingly segregating themselves into separate neighborhoods, as the gap between America's haves and have-nots widens, a Pew study of recent census data reveals. From 1980 to 2010, the number of high-income households located in affluent neighborhoods doubled to 18%, the Washington Post reports,... More »

Asians Now Lead Immigration to US

Hispanics now in second place, Pew study finds

(Newser) - The biggest wave of new immigrants to America "aren't the poor, tired, huddled masses" described on the Statue of Liberty, the Pew Research Center says. A new report from the center finds that Asians have surpassed Hispanics as America's largest group of new immigrants and are now... More »

World Has Soured on Obama

Most disapprove of drone strikes, believe US power has faded

(Newser) - The world doesn't like President Obama nearly as much now that it's gotten to know him. Approval of Obama's international policies fell by double digits in every part of the world in a new Pew Research Center poll . Europe is still broadly supportive of Obama, but approval... More »

More Young Women Want to Earn the Big Bucks

Even more so than young men, says Pew survey

(Newser) - Among today's young people, more young women are eager to rake in cash than are their male counterparts. Some two-thirds of 18- to 34-year-old women say a successful, high-paying job is "one of the most important things" or "very important" to them, a Pew report finds, compared... More »

Republicans Think Trayvon Coverage Overblown

But public is following it more closely than any other story

(Newser) - The drama surrounding Trayvon Martin's death has captivated the country, but a majority of Republicans (56%) believe the case is getting too much media coverage, as do a sizable chunk of white people (43%), according to a new Pew Poll . By contrast, only 25% of Democrats and 16% of... More »

Romney, Santorum: It's a Tie

Two candidates are basically sharing first place at this point

(Newser) - Three polls, three declarations about Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum: virtual tie, statistical tie, and essential tie. According to Pew , Gallup , and the New York Times/CBS News , Romney officially has some company at the top following Santorum's wins in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri :
  • Pew's poll, released yesterday, puts
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Young Adults Put Life on Hold Over Economy

But most remain upbeat about their future: Pew survey

(Newser) - The economy is doing a number on those aged 18 to 34, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center :
  • Half say they have taken a job they didn't want.
  • More than a third have gone back to school because of the job market.
  • Nearly a quarter
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Obama Understands People Best: Poll

More than half say he relates to average Americans

(Newser) - No-Drama Obama may be lying low these days, but most Americans say he relates to their problems best. A new Pew Research/Washington Post poll of 1,006 adults gives President Obama good marks on the empathy scale, Politico reports:
  • 55% say he relates to the needs of average people fairly
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