“Even among adults with no children residing in their household, 21% will pretend that Santa visits their home this year.”—Our new study on Christmas has findings on traditions, beliefs and practices .
“The U.S. has four times the amount of immigrants as any other country, and 14% of the U.S. population is foreign-born.”—Check out our interactive migration tables and sort countries by immigrant and emigrant population.
“Daily Number: 25 — The point increase in unfavorable opinions of Rep. John Boehner since he became House Speaker.”—
This week, Boehner attacked conservative advocacy groups for opposing a compromise budget agreement, which the House passed Thursday. “Frankly, I think they’re misleading their followers,” Boehner said, referring to the groups, many of which are allied with the Tea Party.
Since he became House speaker in December 2010, favorable opinions of him are virtually unchanged – 28% in 2010, 27% today. But his unfavorability rating rose by 25 points to 50% among the general public in October.
“Less than a year out from the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans are more optimistic than Democrats about their party’s electoral prospects. But the “expectations gap” is far more modest now than it was prior to the 2010 election, when Republicans were brimming with confidence, or 2006, when most Democrats anticipated a midterm victory.”—Our latest political report was released today.
“The public is evenly divided over whether the Newtown shootings reflect broader problems in Americans society (47%) or are just the acts of troubled individuals (44%).”—Our poll a year ago on the aftermath of the Newtown shooting found the American public divided.
A new cohort of young women—members of the so-called Millennial generation—has been entering the workforce for the past decade. At the starting line of their careers, they are better educated than their mothers and grandmothers had been—or than their young male counterparts are now. But when they look ahead, they see roadblocks to their success.