13 American Milestones For 2013

Tyler Durden's picture

In the course of conducting public opinion surveys and demographic analyses, the Pew Research Center found a wide range of data milestones, breakthroughs, peaks and valleys in 2013, including record support for same-sex marriage and the legalization of marijuana; record levels of distrust of the federal government; record numbers of mothers who were the primary breadwinners for their families; and record numbers of Millennials living with their parents. Here is a look at the highs and lows Americans reached this year, according to Pew's data.


Via Pew Research,


1... Just over half (51%) of the public now favors same-sex marriage, while 42% are opposed.


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.

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Richard Chesler's picture

48% of Americans are imbeciles.

77 percent of the 1,000 adults questioned are concerned about government corruption and 52 percent of them think the problem has gotten worse over the past five years since President Barack Obama first took office.


akarc's picture

100% of the 77% will do absolutely nothing about it allowing the 1% continued free reign.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Globally, obesity is overwhelmingly a problem of developed rather than developing nations, and in few places more than in the United States. Using 2010 data, the World Health Organization estimated that 44.2% of U.S. males and 48.3% of U.S. females aged 15 and above were obese.


Merry Christmas, and get your trail runs in this week!

financial apocalyptic contagion's picture

so half the legal-ish age women are fat

wow wtf

although one can hope that its all the old ones that are the reason for this

knukles's picture

So half-ish + kids are born out of wedlock.
Therefore fat chicks by and large beget bastard children.
Or sumptin' like that, no?

Ah, the elegance of data mining.

666's picture

I'm gonna do one better than same sex marriage: I'm gonna marry myself!

duo's picture

Why did CO legalize gay marriage and marijuana at the same time?

AssFire's picture

They did it for the cross-over pipe smoker demographic.

duo's picture

A:  Because it says in Leviticus, "If a man lays with another man, he shall be stoned".

AssFire's picture

Belief in religion is Santa Claus for adults. Citing this BS is as bad as believing in the red/blue lie.

Do no wrong, fear no man is the only guideline you need in life.

If you dig another man's ass at least you won't procreate.

Lesbian and gay lifestyles are simply a way out for unattractive women and selfish guys without the balls to take care of a family.

DaveyJones's picture

Here in Washington State, I know guys who have married male marijuana plants

toady's picture

Dude! Everyone knows the lesbian plants are the only ones worth marrying!

superflex's picture

Unless you're into seed production

El Vaquero's picture

"I'm gonna do one better than same sex marriage: I'm gonna marry myself!"


Sounds like you are yanking your own crank on that one!

odatruf's picture

# 4 is good news.

brown_hornet's picture

Are the white kids just figuring it out faster that college just isn't worth it?

Ropingdown's picture

What the chart does not show is the  percentage of eachg group that actually graduates from high-school, even becoming eligible for counting in the "goes on to college" fraction.  Good old DoL does it again.

Clowns on Acid's picture

With Affirmative Action in college admissions and workplace...yes white kids (males) are figuring it out.  

Like ObamaCare - white kids pay more, so that non whites pay less, so that both get the same benefit, unless you are both going for the same job.   

gendumonde's picture

The year of the selfie and pajama boy

observer007's picture

India stops Bitcoin trading

...still trading above 700



Conax's picture

A record 62% think Kim Kardashian's butt is just right, while only 37% think they have a 50/50 chance of hitting the next powerball jackpot. 

Americans Rule.

Clowns on Acid's picture

Is that 37% responding as part of the 62% ?

Heroic Couplet's picture

At every local election, we write in my child's name for public office, is the only one we're certain is taking lobbyists or special interest monies.

Cookie's picture

A write in campaign 'Edward Snowden for president' would be interesting

Clowns on Acid's picture

Yes it would but on a paper, anonymous ballot.

Dr. Engali's picture

Number four and number five are a good sign. I'm amazed at how many people still get their ....ahem....newz...from the teevee.

q99x2's picture

How about the number of Americans that don't want to be Americans.

Where do I F'n sign up.

Clowns on Acid's picture

Indian reservation. Gamble using bitcoin. Forget about Mt Gov ..how about Wampum.net... the Indian bitcoin trading site and bank.

q99x2's picture

How about the number of American Indians that believe Bitcoin is a solution for their nation to fight bankster occupation?

Where do I sign up.

Steaming_Wookie_Doo's picture

Ooh, what an interesting proposition-- bitcoin dealers on American Indian land. In theory it's sovereign (but I suppose Yemen is too, but go tell that to the drones).

pods's picture

And what percent have a fucking clue as to what our money system is based on?

Can understand the implications of an exponential function?


El Vaquero's picture

Not very many.  The only hope is that they understand tyranny in much simpler terms.  You know, getting pepper sprayed or shot for looking at a cop wrong, NSA spying, no knock warrants, treating drug dogs as good enough for probable cause, etc...


Once you get people to understand that, you can then point out that the bosses of those who implement the police state are bought and paid for, often by bankers. 

NEOSERF's picture

Need a few more charts:

14.  Gun Ownership

15.  % that can cite all the names on Duck Dynasty but don't know their Congressmen's names

16.  Hours spent online each work day as a % of all workdays

hedgeless_horseman's picture



  • Write your congressional representative a one-page letter about a
    recent bill he or she voted on, telling him or her how you feel, what
    you need from him or her, and asking for a response.
  • Write both of your senators one-page letters about a recent bill
    they voted on, telling them how you feel, what you need from him or her,
    and asking for a response.
  • Call your sheriff and have a brief conversation about his or her
    opinion on an issue of your selection.  Send the sheriff a letter
    stating whether you are satisfied with his or her response, and thanking
    him or her for taking the time to talk with you on the phone.


El Vaquero's picture

LOL, during the whole Syria fiasco, I wrote an Op-Ed for the local paper and they published it.  I called the actions that the government were taking Orwellian, pointed out that congress had a penchant for willfully misrepresenting the truth, and also pointed out that we really ought not trust a president that promised to stop the spying under GWB only to double down on it.  I went on to state that we should judge those in DC by their actions, not their promises.  Once I saw that it was published, it sent it to my congress critters and pointed out that many their constitutants had already read it as it was published by the largest newspaper in the state. 

Exponere Mendaces's picture


Sorry man, but they're all bought and paid for, except MAYBE the local sheriff - depending on how much drug trade is going on in that area. The real "votes" that count are lobbying dollars and corporate PACs. Turns out the ROI on lobbying is too attractive to ignore.

adr's picture

Honestly I'd take the Duck Dynasty guys in the White House over any candidate of the past twenty years. Conservative Christians with family values. OH DEAR GOD THE HUMANITY!!!

They play hillbillies on TV but actually built and run a solid business. The Duck Commander made them millionaires before TV. Besides any of the wives would make one hell of a good looking first lady, bring some class back after the wookie. You know she's going to loot the White House when she leaves. 

Besides America should just go full Hollywood and elect reality TV characters. Duck Commander in Chief, Rick Harrison as Treasury Secretary, Rick Dale as Secretary of the Interior, Danny Coker as Secretary of Defense. Reality Government.

So you'd have a solid businessman in charge, a gold bug in charge of the money, a guy that can restore just about anything in charge of rebuilding crumbling infrastructure, and a guy that doesn't take shit from anybody.

I'm pretty sure those guys are preferable to the joke we've had running this place.

Tsar Pointless's picture

Whatev. One man's Conservative Christians with family values is another man's fascist.

I don't hate the Duck Dynasty people. I don't even know them. They hate me, though, without even meeting me.

Hate may be a family value, but I want no part of it.

superflex's picture

They dont hate you.  

They just find your dirty penis disgusting.

Tsar Pointless's picture

What business is it of theirs what I do with my business? Aren't we supposed to be free, with liberty and justice for all, and crap like that?

Hypocrites don't know they're hypocrites. That's what makes it so frustrating to be a human being.

de3de8's picture

Yeah, well,when it gets to the point where I'm supposed to like it, over the line.

Nick Jihad's picture

The gay-rights movement has always aligned with feminists and racialists, who have _always_ seen liberty in conflict with justice. It seems more than a little opportunistic, to plead for libertarian values now.

Adahy's picture

"What business is it of theirs what I do with my business?"
Are they actively trying to stop you from doing anything?  Looks to me like an actor was asked his opinion about something and he stated it truthfully.
What's the problem here?  Would you like to stop him from stating his opinion?  Would you rather him lie?  What's really going on here?

Clowns on Acid's picture

Tsar - Assholes like yerself always use that word "hate" like you own it. Fuck you.

"Conservatie Christians" are facsist... why... because they want to cut the Federal budget deficit? Anyone who wants to cut the Federal budget deficit = Conservative Christian. Conservative Christian - hateful.

Just cut the deficit and shut the fuck up, and stop with your "hating"

sdmjake's picture

#14 Gun Ownership: Last month, for each person that applied for ObamaCare at the exchanges, 34 people applied for weapons carry permits.

earnulf's picture

The really eye opening fact for me is that in less than 50 years, the number of people married has cratered while the number of women as single head of family has doubled.     Says something about the inability of a generation to find and keep a spouse.    

Everyone wants to do their own thing, Relationships are about not always getting your way.


Nick Jihad's picture

She finds a guy, has a kid, divorces him and keeps half his income for the next eighteen years, and tells everyone that she's a "single" mom. Since the child support doesn't show up on her income taxes, she's also the "main earner" in her household. More bullshit numbers from feminist academics.