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.
The IRS says that due to a computer crash, email correspondence that could possibly incriminate the Internal Revenue Service is no longer recoverable. Americans think they are lying. In a FOX News Poll 76% of Americans believe the emails were deliberately destroyed to cover up past actions. Only 12% believe the emails were destroyed accidentally.
Only 40% of Americans believe global climate change is a major threat to their country. This ranks the lowest of all world regions, the second lowest being the Middle East at 42%. Regions most concerned are Latin America (65%) and Asia/Pacific (56%). The world average showed that 54% of those polled internationally believe global warming is a threat.
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.
Texting has surpassed intoxication as the leading cause of death among teen drivers. Every year, 3000 teenagers lose their lives and hundreds of thousands are injured in automobile accidents that were caused by drivers sending or receiving text messages.
The midterm election will not fix the economy. At least, according to a new survey, that is what 50% of Americans believe. While half of those polled hold little faith in either party, 25% believe the economy will improve under Republican control while 23% of those polled believe the economy will fare better under Democrat control.
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 first-of-its-kind study has recently been released that addresses a post 9/11 law enforcement strategy known as preemptive prosecution. This aims to target and prosecute people whose religious beliefs and ideology present a threat to national security, but have yet to commit an actual crime. Of the 399 cases since 2001, only 5.8% of the accused posed actual danger.
Shopping locally has many benefits that include, higher wages for their workers, more organic produce as well as a better impact on the environment. Stronger Together shows the positives of local shopping versus shopping at conventional grocery stores. Check out the infographic to see the impact local/community food stores have.
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.
According to a Gallup poll, only 34% of Americans are concerned with the climate change. It's always important to know your impact on the environment, as well as what is changing in the environment.
Approximately 2.2 million Americans currently live behind bars. Thirty-six states, with Washington, D.C., have higher rates of incarceration than the next highest country: Cuba. And of course, the US ranks #1 among countries, far ahead of those we call "evil."
Did you know the surface areas of Pluto and Russia are remarkably similar? For more fascinating facts, see: www.yesmagazine.org/issues/th…
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."