Latest Tom W. Smith Stories

2013-02-26 11:36:18

A newly released international study reveals that the issue of climate change is not a priority for people in the United States and around the world. The surveys showed that when asked to rank priority worries, people were five times more likely to point to the economy over the environment. Additionally, when asked about climate change, people identified the issue as more of a national problem than a personal concern. Coordinated surveys, conducted by the International Social Survey...

2012-04-18 20:07:12

International surveys about the depth of people's belief in God reveal vast differences among nations, ranging from 94 percent of people in the Philippines who said they always believed in God, compared to only 13 percent of people in the former East Germany. Yet the surveys found one constant–belief in God is higher among older people, regardless of where they live. A new report on the international surveys, "Belief About God Across Time and Countries," was issued by the General...

2011-09-28 14:15:27

Young people lead the changes Although sharply divided, public attitudes toward gays and lesbians are rapidly changing to reflect greater acceptance, with younger generations leading the way, research by NORC at the University of Chicago shows. In addition to a plurality who now approve of same-sex marriage, Americans overwhelmingly support basic civil liberties and freedom of expression for gays and lesbians, in contrast to sharp division on such issues in the 1970s. Taken together,...

2011-08-25 12:00:09

Although Americans are increasingly tolerant of the open expression of a variety of views, the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 have made most Americans reluctant to extend those freedoms to Muslim extremists, research released Aug. 25 by NORC at the University of Chicago shows. The finding, reported in NORC's General Social Survey, illustrates a lingering impact of the horrific events from ten years ago, as well as the consequences on American public opinion of wars in Iraq and...

2010-08-31 20:23:05

Fatal accidents can trigger public concern -- but follow-through lags too often, experts say More than eight of ten workers "” 85 percent "” rate workplace safety first in importance among labor standards, even ahead of family and maternity leave, minimum wage, paid sick days, overtime pay and the right to join a union, according to a new study from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. The study, "Public Attitudes Towards and Experiences with...

2009-02-24 13:53:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The number of American Jews who remain connected to their Jewish heritage is much more stable than is conventionally thought, according to a new AJC report, Religious Switching among American Jews. The full report is available at www.ajc.org. Written by Tom W. Smith, director of the General Social Survey at the National Opinion Research Center of the University of Chicago, the report examines Jewish religious identification in the United States in...

2008-07-23 00:00:00

By SHANKAR VEDANTAM Many times in science, research studies point in conflicting directions. Part of the challenge - and the fun - of watching science is to try to sort out lines of intersecting evidence hidden amid a welter of confusing data. In recent months, however, several studies have produced a stream of evidence that mostly points in the same direction, and also happens to overturn one of the most stubborn American stereotypes: the belief that this is a land whose gifts, charms and...

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