Americans’ Views on the Upcoming Royal Wedding

A New York Times/CBS telephone poll surveys Americans’ opinions of individual members of the British royal family, Kate Middleton’s future role, and general interest in the upcoming wedding.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/23/world/europe/23royals.html?_r=1&hp

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How do Americans think about events in Wisconsin?

From the New York Times (March 1st)

As labor battles erupt in state capitals around the nation, a majority of Americans say they oppose efforts to weaken the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions and are also against cutting the pay or benefits of public workers to reduce state budget deficits, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

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College Admission Criteria

Here is a conference website with lots of material on college admissions – the study I discussed in class was mentioned in Joseph Soares’ contribution at the conference. Also check out Joe’s open letter to the Wake Forrest Faculty for more material (scroll down to footnotes for sources).

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Black? White? Asian? More Young Americans Choose All of the Above

This NYT article references data from the Census Bureau and the Pew Research Center about interracial marriage trends and multi-racial identification.

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Cos and Effect

This editorial  mentions an unpublished study that uses data from the Consumer Expenditure Survey to talk about the role of luxury spending in maintaining income disparities between white and black communities.

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From the New York Times: College Freshmen more stressed than ever, women twice as stressed as men

Findings from the survey “The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2010,” which has been conducted annually for more than 25 years show that mental health of the incoming freshmen class has fallen to a record low. Read the article here – it critically discusses one of the questions that was asked in the survey.

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Demographics of Gay Families: More Data from the American Community Survey

This New York Times article on the new-found diversity of gay couples uses data collected by the American Community Survey and released by the Census Bureau.

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Residential segregation: new data from the American Community Survey

New post on “Remapping Debate” on residential segregation – also check out the website referred to in the post: Social Explorer for a great website with maps and census data as far back as 1790.

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Another interesting piece on gun control

From the New York Times blog 538: Political Calculus, this piece on changes in attitudes toward gun control

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Poll Finds Growing Support for Stronger Gun Control

From the New York Times:
January 11, 2011, 10:04 pm
Poll Finds Growing Support for Stronger Gun Control
By MEGAN THEE-BRENAN

In the wake of the shootings in Tucson on Saturday, the number of Americans who say gun control laws should be made stricter has increased since last spring, but nearly 6 in 10 Americans think stricter laws would have had little effect on preventing the violence which claimed the lives of six people and injured fourteen others, according to a CBS News poll.

Just 32 percent of Americans think the harsh tone of recent political campaigns had something to do with the violence in Arizona, while 57 percent said the political tone was not a factor. But politics isn’t wholly discounted by the public. A 45 percent plurality think the violence was motivated by Mr. Loughner’s own political views; 33 percent said it was not.

As Congress begins to discuss security concerns of its members, the public is divided over whether they should be given bodyguards for protection – 48 percent say they should and 45 percent say they should not.

There is similar division over whether Saturday’s violence was a random act not likely to be repeated in the near future (47 percent) or the first of similar attacks over the next year or so (45 percent).

Overall, 47 percent of Americans think gun control laws should be stricter (up from 40 percent last April), 36 percent say they should be kept as they are, and 12 percent would like to see less strict laws.

Thirty-eight percent of the poll’s respondents who said there was a firearm in their household were self-identified independents, 35 percent were Republicans and just 21 percent were Democrats. Gun owners were significantly more satisfied with the nation’s current gun control laws than were those who didn’t own a gun. Gun owners were also more likely than those without to say stricter gun laws would not have prevented the shootings.

The nationwide telephone survey of 673 adults was conducted on Sunday and Monday following the shooting rampage.

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