Luckily for Hobby Lobby, their case was decided by nine Supreme Court Justices, not the public. A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll found that the majority of the American people disagree with the Supreme Court ruling that Hobby Lobby has the right, due to their religious beliefs, to choose whether to provide contraceptives in their healthcare plan.
According to a majority of Brazilians, the World Cup will ultimately hurt the nation's economy. This statistic follows other polls on the Brazilian population that show dipping rates of support for the government and for confidence in the direction of the country.
Composting systems—even high-tech ones—do not require the same level of capital investment as landfills or incinerators. While more research is warranted, our survey found that on a dollar-per-capital-investment basis, Maryland's 15 composting, mulching, and natural wood waste recycling operations sustain 2 times more jobs than the two landfills surveyed and 17 times more jobs than Maryland’s three incineration facilities.
Young Americans are less likely than their grandparents to say they love America—or to get warm fuzzies when they see the flag—but they are more concerned with things like equality of opportunity. As Lynn Vavreck of the New York Times writes, "Milliennials may be less devoted to the symbols of America, but they are no less devoted to democratic ideals."
In 2012, we set out to document the contribution of composting and natural wood waste recovery to Maryland’s job base. In our survey, we found that on a per-ton basis, composting in Maryland sustains twice the number of jobs as landfills and four times the number of jobs as incinerators.
In large part, the United States' drone program has been successful, having eliminated over 2400 enemy combatants and fifty high profile targets. That success has come at a significant price, though. As many as 535 civilians and 175 children have lost their lives in the drone strikes.
The gender imbalance in the sciences today is arguably more pronounced than in any other field. According to data from the National Science Foundation, included in Verizon's viral commercial, 66% of fourth grade girls say they like science and math, but only 18% of all college engineering majors are female. So when do these potential Marie Curies lose their interest?
For driving under the influence, alcohol and drugs are often considered the worst distractions. A new study has found a distraction more sinister: cell phones. While the link between phone use and slower reaction time has been reported, Americans are not listening. Nearly all adults said they were aware that it's dangerous to text/email while driving, but nearly half did.
In the past several FIFA world cup tournaments the total number of goals had been on the decline—but not in 2014! This tournament brought us back to 1998 levels, and tied the record for most goals ever. Of course, those 7 goals by Germany against Brazil didn't hurt...
In a poll that included over 300 US executives from companies with annual revenues in excess of $1 billion, Harris Interactive found that many of the business elite are onboard with government intervention in the inequality dilemma the country is currently faced with. Jump to the Article to see how conflicts arise from rampant inequality.
In the U.S., average life expectancy rates are the highest they've ever been, at roughly 79 years. We're living longer, but when we are dying, we're dying of different diseases than our turn-of-the-century ancestors. For example, in 1900 the leading cause of death was infectious disease which caused 53% of deaths. Today, infectious diseases only cause 3% of deaths.
A recent Gallup poll shows that Israel remains the most favorably-viewed nation in the Middle East. (The survey included "Palestinian Authority" as a "nation" though it is not actually one). Israel's high approval percentage surpasses second-place Egypt by nearly 30 percent. Americans remain very supportive of the Jewish state.
A recent study by Gallup revealed that veterans are slightly more likely to smoke than the general population, especially those that have been discharged. Interestingly, senior active-duty service members have much lower rates than both the civilian population and their retired counterparts.
According to the New York Times, "Seventy percent of America’s intelligence budget now flows to private contractors. Going by this year’s estimated budget of about $80 billion, that makes private intelligence a $56 billion-a-year industry." This means, as Glenn Greenwald explains, "the more this surveillance state expands, the more private interests are enriched." Read Greenwald's full interview: bit.ly/1rHRVN7
A study by Gallup into physical appearance and body image found an unexpected trend among the American population. Americans' satisfaction with their physical appearance dips - for both men and women - into their late forties and early fifties, though rebounds significantly beginning in their early sixties.
In addition to a loss in local spending generated, communities also sacrifice social benefits fostered by ownership of local business, such as good health and a politically engaged community when these businesses are not locally-owned. Worker-owned cooperatives help to keep wealth rooted in communities.
For the 5 largest U.S. debt totals, credit cards have traditionally shown the highest delinquency rates. Yet in 2012, rapidly growing student loan debt has stolen the number one spot and claimed the highest delinquency rate, with no indication of slowing. Since 1Q 2012, 4 of 5 major debt categories have been declining in delinquency, while student loans have increased.
My mom always told me to save for a rainy day. But it's not always easy. Some Americans don't get paid enough to save. Others live beyond their means. Regardless of the reason, lots of Americans face harsh circumstances when the economy turns down and jobs are lost.
Brazil has hosted the FIFA World Cup this year and has had sales in excess of one million tickets. the top selling non host countries include the U.S., Argentina, Germany, England and Colombia. The United States topped sales with nearly 200,000 tickets. The remaining top selling countries had far fewer sales, each with less than 65,000 sold tickets.
Women are significantly more likely to use many of the top social media sites than men, particularly Facebook and Pinterest. The one site in this list where men dominate? LinkedIn. Looks like the gender gap for young professionals carries over into the world of social networking.
In 2001, Americans opposed same-sex marriage 57% to 35%. Since, support for same-sex marriage has grown. Today, a majority of Americans support same-sex marriage, compared with 39% who oppose it. Since Pew began tracking public opinion, support hasn't risen above 50% until now. Favorable views steadily increased since 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriages.
A recent examination of near death experiences, or NDEs for short, found that NDEs are often very pleasurable for the people experiencing them. Nearly seven out of every ten people report a feeling of overwhelming love while fifty-six percent say that they experienced tremendous ecstasy throughout the NDE.
Unfortunately this means that for every 100 rapes, 97 rapists will walk free without spending a single day in prison. It is estimated that only around 2% of rape charges are false. By contrast, an estimated 60% of sexual assaults aren't reported to the police at all.
The number of Americans that worry about their weight "all" or "some" of the time increases into late middle age, though after the age 65, drops off to rates lower than those reported by 18 - 29 year olds. After 65, Americans may have more time to address weight issues that worried them during their careers.
Technology is advancing at an ever-accelerating rate, and for many Americans, the possibilities of future technology are ambitious to say the least. A third of those surveyed believed that, in the next fifty years, humans will be so advanced as to have developed long term space colonies. What's more, nearly 40 percent believe that teleportation will be possible.
Feminist (n): a person who believes that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. When asked if they believe that "men and women should be social, political, and economic equals," 82 percent said they did. So, um... what's up with all these men and women who don't want to identify as feminists? Clearly, feminism has an image problem.
The federal poverty threshold doesn't tell the whole truth about poverty and income in the United States. Research suggests that neither federal minimum wage nor poverty-level income are enough to meet a family's most basic needs. In fact, a family that earns about twice the federal poverty level is still classified as "low income."
Any business owner will tell you that starting a business is not easy. There are many challenges that a startup owner must overcome to grow a successful company. A survey of 549 successful business owners found almost unanimous agreement that one of the greatest obstacles an entrepreneur must face is the risk of potential failure.
In 2006, 1,591 executions happened in 25 countries while 91% of those executions happened in China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, and the United States. Even to this day these same countries still have yet to abolish the death penalty.
A lot, apparently. According to Mother Jones, "1 in 25 borrowers who graduate from college defaults on his or her student loans. But among graduates of two-year for-profit colleges, the rate is 1 in 5." Worse, as students go deep into debt, big institutions rake in the money, with ITT pulling in $1.3 billion in revenue in 2013.
Among Americans that reported having a 'thriving' social life, two-thirds also reported maintaining eating habits that included fruits and vegetables at least 4 times a week. It is not certain, however, if this healthy practice contributes to a thriving social life, or if those with thriving social lives are encouraged by various factors to eat a certain way.
In a study examining the social wellbeing of Americans by weight category, those outside their normal bodyweight range reported slightly more difficult situations in their personal lives. The farther outside the normal range, the less people reported thriving in their social lives.
Nigerians show next to zero sympathy for the Boko Haram Islamic militancy that has been operating for several years in the northeast of the country: 98% consider the movement a threat to the future of Nigeria. It is revealing, however, that so many consider the group a 'major threat;' the government's ability to halt attacks has been brought into question.