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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…

Interracial marriages at record high: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Marriage between races and ethnic groups has reached an all-time high in the United States as public acceptance has grown, according to a Pew Research Center study on Thursday. Couples of different race or ethnicity made up a record 8.4 percent of all married couples in 2010,…

Mormons believe U.S. ready for first Mormon president

WASHINGTON — Most Mormons believe Americans are ready to elect the first Mormon president in the upcoming election, according to results of a Pew Research Center survey announced Thursday. The Pew Research Center, a public policy research foundation, conducted the survey independently from the Mormon church at a time Republican…

Poll: More Americans see conflict between rich and poor

More Americans believe there is significantly more class conflict between the rich and poor than two years ago, according to a survey released by the Pew Research Center on Wednesday. The survey found that 66 percent of Americans believe there are “very strong” or “strong” conflicts between the rich and…

New study shows one-third of the world is still Christian

A major study released Monday puts the total number of Christians worldwide at 2.18 billion, or 31.7 percent — nearly a third — of the estimated global population of 6.9 billion. “Christians are also geographically widespread — so far-flung, in fact, that no single continent or region can indisputably claim…

Bachmann: Occupy’s goal is ‘having other people pay for their stuff’

Struggling Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R-MN) says that a recent poll showing more people disagree with the tea party is hogwash — and that it’s really the Occupy movement that is out of step with public opinion. The Pew Research Center found last month that 27 percent of Americans…

Record number of Americans in poverty as wealth gap between young and old increases

The alarming number of Americans living in poverty continues to rise. According to new figures released by U.S. Census Bureau, 49.1 million — or 16 percent — of Americans are now living below the poverty line. The numbers are an increase from 2010, when the previous record was at 46.2…

News popular on tablets but few want to pay: study

Catching up on news is among the most popular activities for tablet computer owners, but most are not willing to pay for it, according to a study published on Tuesday. The joint study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and The Economist Group brings unwelcome news…

Many U.S. veterans say Iraq, Afghan wars not worth it

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A third of U.S. military veterans who have served in the armed forces since the September 11, 2001, attacks think the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting, a poll released on Wednesday showed. The poll by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center found that these…

Survey: Half of U.S. adults are using online social networks

WASHINGTON — Half of US adults are using social networks such as Facebook, Myspace or LinkedIn, according to a survey published Friday. The survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project found that 65 percent of adult Internet users in the United States use social networks. That…

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