Amelia's Archive

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.

Remember Civil Unions? The Shifting Middle Ground in the Same-sex Marriage Debate

[05.16.2013]

Why have civil unions lost momentum? At the Monkey Cage, Dr. Robert P. Jones and Daniel Cox explore shifts in public opinion on civil unions over the past decade.