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The 12 Things Nearly All Americans Agree On
The 12 Things Nearly All Americans Agree On
surveys say

The 12 Things Nearly All Americans Agree On

Surveys show most of us believe in God, are OK with birth control

(Newser) - What can nine out of 10 Americans agree on? Survey says: not much. That's partly because the big polls such as Pew, Gallup, and the General Social Survey are designed to explore differences, not to document what unites the United States. Still, a few questions discover 90% agreement, or...

Gun Ownership Numbers Way Down
 Gun Ownership 
 Numbers Way Down 
survey says

Gun Ownership Numbers Way Down

National ownership rate falls to 35%: survey

(Newser) - A national survey shows that US gun ownership has fallen steeply since the 1980s, even in the South and Western mountain areas where guns are more popular, the New York Times reports. The national ownership rate hovered around 50% in the 1970s and '80s, but dropped to 43% in...

23% of Female Troops Suffer Sex Assaults in War Zones

And about half report sex harassment, survey finds

(Newser) - Nearly half of US women deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan say they've suffered sexual harassment, and almost a quarter say they've been sexually assaulted, a Department of Veterans Affairs study finds. But far less than that gets reported: Just 115 assaults were reported last year, though as of...

Most, Least Corrupt Nations
 Most, Least 
 Corrupt Nations 

Most, Least Corrupt Nations

North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia fare worst in annual rankings

(Newser) - Surprise, surprise: North Korea is perceived as highly corrupt, according to Transparency International's annual rankings . The group gave 176 nations a score from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). Here's a look at some of the findings:
  • Afghanistan and Somalia tied North Korea for last place, each

Is Facebook Better Than Sex?
 Is Facebook Better Than Sex? 
new study wonders

Is Facebook Better Than Sex?

Not tonight, dear, I have to check my computer

(Newser) - It might not be better than sex, but Facebook—along with checking email and surfing the web—is apparently more irresistible, a new study has found. The smartphone-based survey of mostly college-aged respondents tracked their most irresistible desires several times a day. While most reported that sex was a stronger...

Poll: 3.4% of US Adults Are Gay, Bisexual, Transgender

LGBT identification highest among younger, non-white, less educated

(Newser) - A new survey has found that 3.4% of US adults identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. The Gallup poll, believed to be the largest ever aimed at calculating the LGBT population, interviewed more than 121,000 people. The findings upend some stereotypes about the community. "If...

Obama Grabs 6-Point Lead
Obama Grabs
6-Point Lead
cnn poll

Obama Grabs 6-Point Lead

Romney's vision seems less optimistic than the president's: poll

(Newser) - CNN's latest poll gives President Obama a 4% post-convention bounce and a 6% lead over Mitt Romney, with the usual caveats that convention bounces rarely last. But the poll contains a few neat factoids about Obama's bump and Romney's slump after the conventions, reports CNN :

63% Back Birth Control Coverage

 63% Back  
 Birth Control 
survey says

63% Back Birth Control Coverage

No big surprise that Democratic support outweighs that of the GOP

(Newser) - The Senate knocked down the Blunt contraception amendment 51-48 yesterday, but had America voted, it may have looked something more like 63-37. In the country at large, some 63% back federal rules requiring private insurers to cover birth control, the New York Times reports. But the issue is heavily partisan:...

Guess Which State Americans Hate Most?

If you said 'California,' pat yourself on the back

(Newser) - Americans are generally pretty positive, or at least indifferent, about these United States. Public Policy Polling asked 1,200 people how they felt about each of the 50 states, and only five were viewed more unfavorably than favorably. America's favorite state, by an overwhelming margin was Hawaii, while its...

Believers Find Atheists as Untrustworthy as Rapists
Believers Find Atheists as Untrustworthy as Rapists
study says

Believers Find Atheists as Untrustworthy as Rapists

And many would discriminate against them in hiring: study

(Newser) - Atheism might just be the most reviled (un)belief system out there, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia, which found that believers think atheists are roughly as trustworthy as rapists. In one of the study’s six parts, researchers described an untrustworthy “archetypal freerider” performing...

Gen Y on Jobs: Facebook Access Trumps Fat Salary
Gen Y on Jobs: Facebook Access Trumps Fat Salary
survey says

Gen Y on Jobs: Facebook Access Trumps Fat Salary

40% of students would take less pay in exchange for social media freedoms

(Newser) - If you employ a lot of 20-somethings, don’t block their access to Facebook—they might revolt. Today’s young people value access to the Internet and social media extremely highly, according to a new Cisco report, which surveyed 1,400 students and 1,400 young professionals aged 21-29. Among...

Sexual Harassment Plagues American Schools: Survey

 Plagues Our 
 Schools: Poll 
'normal part of the day'

Sexual Harassment Plagues Our Schools: Poll

More than half of girls report unwanted advances

(Newser) - Nearly half of middle and high school students suffer from sexual harassment, and almost 90% of victims admit to negative effects like stomach aches, poor sleep, and absenteeism, a new survey says. But girls take the brunt of it, with 56% reporting harassment as compared to 40% of boys. In...

President Obama Will Win Election But Can't Fix Economy: Poll

 Obama Will 
 Win, Can't Fix 
nbc/wsj poll

Obama Will Win, Can't Fix Economy

Americans like Obama but fear for country: poll

(Newser) - If a national poll can combine devastating news and a bright ray of sunshine for President Obama, this is it. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey shows that about 75% of respondents don't like Obama's economic policies and fear the country is headed in the wrong direction....

New Yorkers Support Occupy Wall Street Movement: Poll
 New Yorkers 
 Support 'Occupy' 
poll says

New Yorkers Support 'Occupy'

More than two-thirds say they back the movement

(Newser) - New Yorkers clearly like seeing a few nerves rattled on Wall Street. In fact, 67% of those asked in a new survey say they support the Occupy Wall Street movement, and 87% back protesters' right to camp out as long as they observe the law. Support fell along party lines,...

We Like Taking Secret Smartphone Videos of ...

Weird clothing, athletes, and klutzes top list

(Newser) - Watch what you're doing in public, America: Someone may be watching you—with a smartphone. In a new survey, 50% of American adults say they would take a secret video with their smartphone, the Baltimore Sun reports. Queried on their favorite subjects, their answers included:

Support Slipping for President Obama in New York Times/CBS Poll

 Obama Support 
 Slipping; GOP 
 in Discord 

Obama Support Slipping; GOP in Discord

59% of independent voters disapprove of prez

(Newser) - President Obama is in hot political water but Republican contenders aren't faring much better, a new poll says. Obama's disapproval rating hit 50% for the first time in the New York Times/CBS poll, and reached 59% among the all-important independent voters. His overall approval rating, 43%, isn't...

Odds of Second Recession Grow: Economists

And Fed can't do much to stop it, say experts

(Newser) - Economists are citing a one-in-three chance of a new recession—the highest likelihood given in the Wall Street Journal ’s regular survey since the recovery began. The figure is 4 percentage points higher than last month’s as joblessness, a troubled stock market, and fears for Europe continue. “...

Unhappiest White Collar Worker Is Single Woman: Survey

 The Unhappiest 
 White Collar 
 Worker Is... 
survey says

The Unhappiest White Collar Worker Is...

... a 42-year-old single woman earning less than $100K: survey

(Newser) - Who's the unhappiest white collar worker in the land? Apparently it's a woman, 42, unmarried, earning less than $100,000, and in a professional position like doctor or lawyer—or so says a new survey, Jezebel reports. The happiest? Male, 39, married, earning $150,000-$200,000, in senior...

Cell Phone, Smartphone Survey: Sex or Texts?
 33% of You 
 Would Ditch 
 Sex for Phones 
survey says

33% of You Would Ditch Sex for Phones

Respondents weigh a week of sacrifice

(Newser) - If you’d prefer a sexless week to a phoneless one, you’re in good company: A third of Americans agree with you, a survey finds. Some 70% of Americans would turn down alcohol for a week rather than leave their phones behind, and 55% would kick their caffeine habits,...

Obama 'Mystery Shoppers' to Check Doctors' Access

They'll try to see whether physicians give preference to private insurance

(Newser) - The Obama administration fears there are too few primary care doctors to go around—so it’s launching a team of “mystery shoppers” to look into the physicians’ availability. The undercover callers will seek appointments at doctors’ offices nationwide to determine ease of access. Some will say they’ve...

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