"Living in a big metro area means a greater potential exposure to terrorism. But does that mean urbanites are more likely to live in fear of terrorist attacks? The answer to that question seems to be no."
Wall Street Journal, “Politics Counts: Terror Fears and Polls”
Despite those figures, however, city dwellers seem to feel less dread about terror threats than their suburban and rural counterparts, according to data from the Pew Research Center. Politics Counts examined two pre-Boston survey questions concerning terrorism and found that split.
In urban places, 57% agree that “occasional acts of terrorism” are the new norm, according to a 2012 Pew Research survey. In suburban places that number is 69% and in rural places it is 66%.
…When you slice the Pew numbers by age you see a sharp difference in attitudes between those 18-29 years old and everyone else.
Today is Earth Day, a celebration that began in the U.S. in 1970 and has since spread around the world. The event had an impact on environmental politics in subsequent years, but by some assessments, has been less prominent than in its early years.
A Pew Research Center survey conducted in January asked Americans to name their top priorities for the president and Congress in 2013. Unsurprisingly, strengthening the economy (cited by 86%), improving the job situation (79%) and tackling the deficit (72%) were at the top of the list.
A slight majority (52%) of Americans named protecting the environment as a top priority, putting it a little more than halfway down the list.
"My view is that when you have 85% of the public for something on such an emotional issue, it is pretty hard to snuff it in the long run."
Andy Kohut, founding director of the Pew Research Center, on last week’s gun control vote, in which proposals to expand background checks were defeated 54-46. [NYDN]
In our February poll, 83% of Americans supported background checks for private gun sales:
"The majority of unauthorized immigrant adults are here with family members — spouses and children. Our estimates are that unauthorized immigrants have between 4.5 million and 5 million children under 18 who are U.S. citizens because they were born here. Those children are affected by this proposed legislation because their parents have the potential of being able to remain here legally and not be subject to deportation."
— Researcher Jeff Passel explains how we tally the number of undocumented immigrants, and what impact the Senate’s path-to-citizenship proposal will potentially make.
"When it comes to intermarriage, Muslims are becoming the new Jews. About a century ago, when hundreds of thousands of Jews were immigrating to the United States, only about 1 percent, by some estimates, married non-Jews. Now, about 30 percent of Jews are married to someone outside the faith. American Muslims are going through a similar transition, one that could profoundly change the Muslim experience in the United States."
Washington Post: When Muslims Intermarry, Do They Keep the Faith?
“Although estimates of interfaith marriage among small population groups such as Muslims are hard to pin down, a 2011 Pew Research Center study found that about 16 percent of Muslims who are married or living with someone have a non-Muslim spouse or partner.”
"In the past five or six years, since the advent of smartphones, the rise of Facebook, Twitter, there has developed a much larger cohort of people who instinctively record the news and share it. People want to bear witness to news they observe or that moves them… It’s a powerful and commonplace way for people to participate in their environment."
— Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, comments on the crowdsourcing attempts and Twitter reactions that followed the Boston Marathon bombing.