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'Breadwinner Moms' Are New Reality

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Forty percent of American households with children have mothers who are the sole or primary breadwinners. That's according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. These “breadwinner moms” include single moms and married women who make more money than their husbands. 

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Transportation Nation

New Yorkers Believe Climate Change Caused Hurricane Sandy: Poll

Monday, December 03, 2012

Areas of Long Island, N.Y. following Hurricane Sandy Oct. 30, 2012. (Photo by U.S. Coast Guard / Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson)

Most New Yorkers say climate change is the reason for severe storms like Hurricane Sandy.

According to a recent Siena poll, at least 63 percent of voters from across the state -- including two-thirds of upstate residents and three-quarters of those in New York City – say severe storms over the last two years demonstrate the existence of global climate change.

"There may be a debate about what has caused the global climate change," says Siena pollster Steven Greenberg, "but for most New Yorkers there is no debate that it is occurring.”

That mirrors national numbers. In a pre-Sandy poll conducted in October by the Pew Research Center, 67 percent of respondents said they believed in global warming.

But the issue reveals a stark partisan divide. In the Siena poll, eight in ten Democrats say severe storms demonstrated climate change -- whereas Republicans are nearly evenly divided, with 46 percent saying climate change is behind big storms and 44 percent calling them isolated weather events. The Pew poll found similar national numbers.

(Two New Yorkers who believe in climate change: Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The latter said it was the prime force behind his endorsement of  President Obama for reelection. And the governor is likely to be talking about it as he makes the rounds in D.C. to push for disaster aid.)

But as politicians, these two are outliers. Neither Obama nor Republican Mitt Romney mentioned climate change during the presidential debates. A Frontline documentary that aired in October provides some thoughts as to why: climate skeptics have worked hard to introduce doubt into the conversation surrounding the climate change debate -- successfully making it a partisan issue.

Watch Climate of Doubt on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

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On The Media

How Negative was this year's Election Coverage?

Friday, November 09, 2012

Bob talks to Mark Jurkowitz, Associate Director of the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, who studied the tone and scope of this year's election coverage. Jurkowitz says that the tone of this election season was extremely negative, both in mainstream and social media.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Progressive vs. Liberal

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A recent Pew Poll found that 67% of the public have a positive perception of the word "progressive", yet only 50% have a positive view of the word "liberal". We are opening the phones to ask, how do you define these terms? 

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On The Media

Teens Care About Privacy Online

Friday, December 02, 2011

Teenagers are often considered careless when it comes to what they post online, but a new study from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project suggests that teens are more savvy about internet privacy than they are given credit for. Brooke speaks to Pew Senior Researcher Mary Madden about what teens are doing online.

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On The Media

Pew Looks At The Local News Ecosystem

Friday, September 30, 2011

While studies have consistently shown TV news to be America’s number-one source of local information, a new Pew Study paints a far more nuanced picture of our local information ecosystem by breaking down local news into specific topics—from politics to restaurants. Brooke talks to Pew's Lee Rainie about what the study tells us.

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On The Media

Ideological Bias at Non-Profit News Organizations

Friday, July 29, 2011

Dozens of non-profit news organizations have cropped up in just the last 5 or 6 years, touted by some as the solution to for-profit papers closing across the country. The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism recently examined 39 of these non-profits to see how they’re doing. Study co-author Amy Mitchell tells Bob that many of the sites appear to reflect the ideological leanings of their funders.

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