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Most Americans think legal marijuana is inevitable: poll

Three out of four Americans believe marijuana will one day be legal to buy and use anywhere in the United States, according to a public opinion poll released Wednesday. Fifty-four percent of respondents to the Pew Research Center survey said marijuana should be legalized, compared to 42 percent who were…

Ink-and-paper books are still more popular than e-books in the U.S.

A Pew Research Center study release on Thursday showed that US readers reach for ink-and-paper books despite the rising popularity of tablets and digital works. While the portion of people who read e-books grew in the past year, most adults in the United States opted for print editions during that…

Poll: Republicans agreeing evolution is ‘lies from the pit of Hell’ up 10 points

A recent poll about how the United States views evolution may leave some believing that Republicans are definitely not evolving. According to a Pew Research Center’s Religion and Public Life Project telephone survey released on Monday, the number of Republicans who believe in evolution has dropped by 11 points in…

Pew survey reveals sharp rise in the number of Americans engaged in online dating

Americans are growing more comfortable with online dating, and many are finding a spouse or partner in cyberspace, a survey showed Monday. The Pew Research Center found 11 percent of Internet users — or some nine percent of all American adults — said they have personally used an online dating…

Privacy fears cause more to cover online tracks

Amid growing fears about online surveillance and data theft, Americans are increasingly taking steps to remove or mask their digital footprints on the Internet, a study showed Thursday. The Pew Research Center report said 86 percent of US Internet users have taken some steps to avoid online surveillance by other…

Americans don’t want U.S. military strike against Syria, poll finds

Two new polls out Tuesday have found strong opposition to US military intervention in Syria among a war-weary American public despite increasing support in Washington for punitive strikes. A survey carried out by the Pew Research Center over the weekend found that 48 percent of Americans oppose “conducting military airstrikes”…

American teens savvy to smartphone apps that include location tracking

American teenagers love their smartphone apps, but many are avoiding them, due to fears about privacy and location tracking. A Pew Research Center survey released Thursday found 58 percent of US teens surveyed have downloaded phone or tablet apps, but half of teen apps users have avoided using some due…

Most Americans fear anti-aging technology is luxury for the rich: survey

Most Americans do not want to live beyond age 100, and a poll out Tuesday suggests many worry that anti-aging technologies may end up being a luxury for the rich. The survey of more than 2,000 people by the Pew Research Center’s Religion and Public Life Project sought to probe…

Poll: Majority of Republicans want media to STFU about Trayvon

According to a recently released poll, a majority of Republicans and many whites want the media to stop talking about Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Florida teen who was gunned down by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. A Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey found that 56 percent…

Gen Y may end up ‘intellectual lightweights’ because of technology: Pew

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There is a good chance young people growing up in today’s always-wired world will eventually become bright, nimble decision makers – if they don’t wind up intellectual lightweights unable to concentrate long enough to chew over a good book. So say 1,021 technology insiders, critics and students…

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