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March 13, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
According to a new study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center, public libraries are thriving thanks to a core group of devotees who have qualities we don't usually associate with bookish people -- they are, generally speaking, more sociable and active people than those who don't go to libraries. The report , which surveyed more than 6,000 people over age 16, paints a somewhat surprising portrait of American library lovers. More than two-thirds of Americans are “actively engaged” with their public libraries.
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April 15, 2014 | By Susan Rohwer, guest blogger
The media have become fond in recent years of glamorizing stay-at-home moms as elite career women who have “opted out” of the workforce so they can put family first. Finally , the Pew Research Center has provided the reality check we've needed. “The share of mothers who do not work outside the home rose to 29% in 2012, up from a modern-era low of 23% in 1999,” Pew's new report finds. The primary reason: economics. The cost of child care and the lack of job opportunities are forcing women to stay at home rather than go back to work after having kids.
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July 14, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
In the middle of the rainbowy revelers at the pride parade in West Hollywood, Jeremy Stacy was questioned: Are you really bisexual? "One guy came up to me and said, 'You're really gay,' " said Stacy, who was standing under a sign reading "Ask a Bisexual. " "I told him I had a long line of ex-girlfriends who would vehemently disagree. And he said, 'That doesn't matter, because I know you're gay.' " Stacy had gotten the question before. From a friend who said anyone who had slept with men must be gay - even if he had also slept with women.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
The percentage of mothers who stay home with their children is rising due to shifting demographics and a troubled job market. The portion of stay-at-home mothers with children under age 18 rose to 29% in 2012 from 23% in 1999, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data. Prior to that, the share of stay-at-home moms had declined for three decades as women in general flooded into the workforce. The increase in home-based mothers is driven partly by the desire to focus on children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2013 | By Emily Alpert, Los Angeles Times
A sweeping new study of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans finds that the overwhelming majority believe society has grown more accepting over the last decade - and will continue to do so in the decade to come. Yet many said they had faced slurs, rejection or worse. Nearly a third said they had been threatened or physically attacked at some time in their life, the Pew Research Center found. Only about one in five said there was a lot of acceptance for LGBT people today.
BUSINESS
January 11, 2010 | By Ben Fritz
As the number of sources for news proliferates on digital platforms, most original reporting still comes from newspapers, television and radio. A study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism that surveyed news gathering in Baltimore as an example of nationwide trends found that 95% of stories with fresh information came from "old media," and the vast majority of that from newspapers. "The expanding universe of new media, including blogs, Twitter and local websites -- at least in Baltimore -- played only a limited role: mainly an alert system and a way to disseminate stories from other places," the study's authors write.
OPINION
November 24, 2009 | By David Masci
Today, a century and a half after Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection," the overwhelming majority of scientists in the United States accept Darwinian evolution as the basis for understanding how life on Earth developed. But although evolutionary theory is often portrayed as antithetical to religion, it has not destroyed the religious faith of the scientific community. According to a survey of members of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science, conducted by the Pew Research Center in May and June this year, a majority of scientists (51%)
NATIONAL
May 7, 2013 | Emily Alpert, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Gun crime has plunged in the United States since its peak in the middle of the 1990s, including gun killings, assaults, robberies and other crimes, two new studies of government data show. Yet few Americans are aware of the dramatic drop, and more than half believe gun crime has risen, according to a newly released survey by the Pew Research Center. In less than two decades, the gun murder rate has been nearly cut in half. Other gun crimes fell even more sharply, paralleling a broader drop in violent crimes committed with or without guns.
NATIONAL
December 10, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Young women seem tantalizingly close to achieving gender equality in the workplace, at least when it comes to wages, a new report from the Pew Research Center suggests. But it remains to be seen whether motherhood will slow their strides, as it did for women before them. As of last year, female workers ages 25 to 34 were making 93% of what men of the same ages earned - much closer to wage equality than earlier generations, Pew found. Between 1980 and 2012, the gap has gradually narrowed for American workers, as wages rose for women and dropped for young men. Just 15% of young women said they had suffered discrimination because of their gender at work.
NEWS
April 15, 2014 | By Susan Rohwer, guest blogger
The media have become fond in recent years of glamorizing stay-at-home moms as elite career women who have “opted out” of the workforce so they can put family first. Finally , the Pew Research Center has provided the reality check we've needed. “The share of mothers who do not work outside the home rose to 29% in 2012, up from a modern-era low of 23% in 1999,” Pew's new report finds. The primary reason: economics. The cost of child care and the lack of job opportunities are forcing women to stay at home rather than go back to work after having kids.
NEWS
March 28, 2014 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON - As Obamacare sign-ups hit the politically important threshold of 6 million this week, new polling has shown that the public has begun to warm a bit to the controversial law, but opponents continue to care much more about it than supporters. For both sides in the intensely fought argument over the Affordable Care Act, the new data provide encouragement mixed with caution. Supporters of the law can point to a recent Kaiser Foundation survey , which found that over the last two months, opinions about the law have begun to improve.
NEWS
March 19, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON -- Nearly half of Democrats favor granting a permit for the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. The $5.3-billion pipeline, which would ship oil from Hardisty, Canada, to Steele City, Neb., has undergone five years of reviews to get a presidential permit needed for infrastructure projects that cross a United States border. Environmentalists and some major Democratic donors and activists have opposed the pipeline, contending it would worsen greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
According to a new study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center, public libraries are thriving thanks to a core group of devotees who have qualities we don't usually associate with bookish people -- they are, generally speaking, more sociable and active people than those who don't go to libraries. The report , which surveyed more than 6,000 people over age 16, paints a somewhat surprising portrait of American library lovers. More than two-thirds of Americans are “actively engaged” with their public libraries.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Millennials stand out among other generations for their optimism over personal finances and America's future, according to a new national survey released Friday by the Pew Research Center. But the upbeat thinking among the 18-to-33-year-old crowd is also marked by near or at record levels of detachment and distrust of traditional institutions, the report also said. “Millennials are forging a distinctive path into adulthood. " said Paul Taylor, Pew Research Center's executive vice president for special projects and author of the new book "The Next America.
OPINION
February 8, 2014
Re "Press ahead on immigration," Editorial, Feb. 5 A recent Pew Research Center poll found that only 41% of the American public believes that immigration reform is a top priority, ranking it far behind the more compelling issues of the economy, unemployment and defending the country from terrorism. As American University historian Allan Lichtman observed, "Congress operates on fear and greed. " On this issue, the Democrats are operating out of greed and the Republicans are operating out of fear - of losing the Latino vote.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
Fear not, lovers of paper and leather-bound tomes. Print books are going to survive the e-book revolution. That's the message hidden inside a new Pew report on the reading habits of American adults. Yes, the growing use of tablets means people are reading more e-books than ever. But hardly anyone is giving up print books completely. And adult readership of print books actually rebounded last year, after a period of decline, according to the study by Princeton Survey Research Associates International on behalf of the Pew Research Center.
NATIONAL
August 22, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Nearly half a century after Martin Luther King Jr. described his dream that someday people would be judged not by their race but by their character, whites think a colorblind society is much closer to reality than blacks, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. The findings underscore the enduring chasm between the way white and black Americans perceive racism and its continued effects, as glaring gaps in wealth and education persist between the races. In a telephone survey of more than 2,200 adults this month, 44% of white respondents said the U.S. had a long way to go before achieving racial equality, compared with 79% of black respondents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
As American parents have grappled with financial peril and other woes over the last decade, grandparents have stepped in to help. Grandparents were the main caregivers for more than 3 million children in 2011 - a 20% increase from the turn of the millennium, the Pew Research Center reported Wednesday. The numbers surged during the economic downturn and have leveled off in its aftermath, Pew said in a report based on an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Sixty percent of those children still have at least one parent at home, but grandparents are responsible for most of their needs.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Just as you suspected: Your boss is probably happier than you. So suggests a new report from the Pew Research Center, which scoured one of its recent surveys to find that bosses were more satisfied with their jobs, finances and family life than were their underlings. For instance, 69% of bosses said they were “very satisfied” with their current job, while only 48% of other workers felt the same way. Those who have reached the top were also less likely to say that parenthood got in the way of advancing their career: Among bosses with kids, only 17% thought it had been an obstacle, compared with 33% of other working parents.
NATIONAL
December 19, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
If there's a war against Christmas, Christmas seems to be winning. According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, the vast majority of Americans celebrate the holiday, even those who aren't Christian. The December survey found that 96% of Christian Americans mark the holiday, along with 87% of Americans who have no religious affiliation. But there are big disagreements over what the holiday means. Roughly half of Americans surveyed said Christmas was “more of a religious holiday,” while nearly a third called it “more of a cultural holiday.” The rest said it was both, neither or they didn't regularly celebrate Christmas.
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