From the Pew Research Center, 13 data milestones for 2013
1. Just over half (51%) of the public now favors same-sex marriage, while 42% are opposed.Posted by Jill Fallon at December 31, 2013 12:30 PM | Permalink
2. A majority of Americans (52%) now favor legalizing the use of marijuana.
3. A majority agrees the U.S. should mind its own business internationally, the highest measure in nearly a half century of polling.
4. The share of Americans saying they do not want their own representative in Congress reelected – 38% – is at its highest point in two decades.
5. For the first time, a majority of the public (53%) says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms.
6. 36% of the nation’s young adults ages 18 to 31—the so-called Millennial generation— now live in their parents’ home, the highest share in at least four decades.
7. A record 40% of all households with children under the age of 18 include mothers who are either the sole or primary source of income for the family.
8. The U.S., which has a total population of 317 million, is now home to a record 40.4 million immigrants.
9. A record seven-in-ten (69%) Hispanic high school graduates in the class of 2012 enrolled in college that fall, two percentage points higher than the rate (67%) among their white counterparts.
10. The percentage of Americans who say the U.S. plays a more important and powerful role as a world leader than it did 10 years ago has fallen to a 40-year low of just 17%.
11. The percentage of American Catholics calling themselves “strong” Catholics is at a four-decade low.
12. For the first time since Pew Research Center began tracking smartphone adoption, a majority of Americans now own a smartphone of some kind.
13. 50% of the public now cites the internet as a main source for national and international news.