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U.S. church membership falls below majority for first time

STORY HIGHLIGHTS In 2020, 47% of U.S. adults belonged to a church, synagogue or mosqueDown more than 20 points from turn of the centuryChange primarily due to rise in Americans with no religious preference WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Americans' membership in houses of worship continued to decline...

Shopping malls are dying: One-third to fold by end of 2021?

Remember when it was cool to hang at the mall? Oftentimes we’d go just to walk around, window shop and people watch, all while bonding with friends or relatives.And although retail was always their central focus, we saw malls incorporate fancy theatres, restaurants, workout gyms and...

Pandemic fuels travel boom — in virtual reality

Jem Jenkins Jones was stuck at home in Wales for much of the past year amid pandemic lockdowns but managed to fulfill a promise to her 10-year-old daughter to see the northern lights from Iceland and South Africa's game reserves -- in virtual reality. "She was...

About three-in-ten U.S. adults say they are ‘almost constantly’ online

As smartphones and other internet-connected devices have become more widespread, 31% of U.S. adults now report that they go online “almost constantly,” up from 21% in 2015, according to a new Pew Research Center survey conducted Jan. 25 to Feb. 8, 2021. Overall, 85% of Americans...

Race relations in America: 73% concerned, per Gallup poll

A March 1-15, 2021 Gallup poll suggests Americans are deeply concerned about racial issues. According to the study, 48 percent say they are worried “a great deal” – an increase of 17 points versus the same poll a year ago. Twenty-five percent insist they're concerned a...

The death of polling is greatly exaggerated

But maybe live-caller polls aren’t the gold standard anymore. Polls probably aren’t at the top of your mind right now. We’re more than four months removed from the 2020 election, and we still have almost 20 months to go until the midterms. That’s why it’s the...

160 exercise statistics you should know

Running, cycling, Pilates, at-home workouts — the list of exercise options is pretty much endless. Thanks to constant improvements in streaming services and other fitness technology, exercise is accessible to more people than ever, in studios and living rooms. Yet the number of adults who don't get the...

Are ‘workations’ the new vacations?

The Harris Poll recently released its yearlong survey of life during the pandemic and uncovered a startling discovery — many Americans were opting for ‘workcations’ over traditional vacations. See: You’re Not Imagining It – WFH Creates Longer Workdays, Harvard Researchers SayFind: 5 Unexpected Work-From-Home Jobs You Can Do...

Weight loss: Is it 75-90 percent diet?

Obviously, most people lose weight by implementing a combination of dietary and exercise regimens. However, is watching your diet of greater consequence than physical activity when wanting to shed pounds? Hence, is it more detrimental to splurge on a diet day than stay in bed and...

Cyberterrorism Tops List of 11 Potential Threats to U.S.

82% of Americans say cyberterrorism is a "critical threat"Development of nuclear weapons in North Korea (77%), Iran (75%) rank nextPartisans differ most on threat level of illegal immigrants, climate change WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As the Biden administration continues to explore how it will respond to Russia's...