Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux

Should Supreme Court Justices Take Public Opinion Into Account?

[05.30.2013]

Should Supreme Court justices take public opinion into account when making decisions? Americans are divided – 47% say yes, while 45% say no. Learn more about Americans’ perspectives on the Supreme Court and affirmative action in our new survey.

Intermarriage Debate Divides Reform Jewish Rabbis

[05.29.2013]

A debate over intermarriage is dividing Reform Jewish rabbis.

Expectations Set High for George P. Bush

[05.28.2013]

If you’re still keeping tabs on the ongoing Bush dynasty, check out this profile of George P. Bush at the LA Times.

Teen Birth Rates Decline Among Hispanics

[05.24.2013]

A new government report found that teen birth rates have declined substantially among Hispanic Americans over the past five years. A majority of Hispanic Americans agree that birth control should be available to teenagers age 16 and older without parental consent.

Lawmaker Gives a Secular Invocation

[05.23.2013]

An Arizona lawmaker took an unorthodox approach to the state House’s daily invocation: he acknowledged that he is an atheist, and gave a secular invocation.

Poverty Skyrockets in the Suburbs

[05.22.2013]

A new survey from the Brookings Institution reveals that poverty is skyrocketing in the suburbs, due in part to the Great Recession.

Researchers Predict a Spike in Heat-Related Deaths for NYC

[05.21.2013]

A new Columbia University study predicts that heat-related deaths in New York City could increase by one-third in the coming decades, thanks to climate change. More than 6-in-10 (63%) Americans agree that over the last few years, the weather has gotten more extreme

Economists and the Stock Market

[05.20.2013]

Your economist friend is probably not your best source of advice when it comes to the stock market.

Doomsday Prophet’s Radio Network May Fold

[05.17.2013]

It’s curtains for the radio network founded by doomsday prophet Harold Camping, who predicted that the end of the world would happen two years ago. Although more than one-third (36%) of Americans believe that the severity of recent natural disasters is evidence that we are in what the Bible calls the end times, they appear to be leery of putting a date and time on the apocalypse; last December, only 2% of Americans said the end of the world, as predicted by the ancient Mayans, would happen by the end of the year.

Senators Tackle Student Visa Requirements

[05.16.2013]

On Tuesday, senators decided to boost security requirements around student visas, citing the Boston Marathon attacks as the impetus for their actions. More than 8-in-10 Americans say that promoting national security should be a very or extremely guiding factor in immigration reform.