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Tuesday
Jun192012

Asians Now Top Hispanics as Largest Group of New US Immigrants

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Asians have trumped Hispanics as the largest group of new immigrants entering the U.S. each year, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.

"The Rise of Asian Americans," released Tuesday, found that in 2010, 36 percent of new immigrants in this country were Asian, while 31 percent were Hispanic.  The figures mark a significant change from 2000, when 19 percent of new immigrants were Asian and 59 percent were Hispanic.

The shift is partly due to a drop in illegal immigration.

"Hispanic immigration has plunged, chiefly because the number of new immigrants from Mexico has gone down quite a bit.  So, Asians are continuing to come here in large numbers, and they've now surpassed Latinos as the largest group of new immigrants arriving in this country," says D'vera Cohen, a senior writer for the Pew Research Center.

Today, Asian Americans comprise 5.8 percent of the country's population, according to the report, which was based on a new national survey of Asian Americans, as well as in-depth analysis of U.S. Census demographic and economic data.

The report also found that the racial group is better off financially and educationally when compared to all U.S. adults, and they seem to be more content.

"Overall, our survey found that Asian-Americans are more satisfied than the population, overall with the way their lives are going; with their financial situation; with the direction the country is going in," Cohen says.

"This is a group with many accomplishments, in terms of education and income.  It's also a group where our survey has found that they've put more value than the general public does on institutions such as marriage, parenthood, hard-work and career-success," she adds.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jan042011

Internet Closing on TV as Main News Source

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON ) – The Internet is gaining on television as America’s primary source for national and international news, according to the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
 
According to the poll, 41 percent of Americans get a majority of their national and international news from the Internet. Sixty-six percent say television is still their primary source, followed by 31 percent from the newspaper and 16 percent from radio. Respondents were allowed to choose their top two primary sources -- therefore, the figures add up to more than 100 percent.

The use of Internet for news has jumped 17 percentage points since 2007, while the percent of Americans who use television for news dropped eight percentage points in the past three years.

The Internet, however, has already passed television when it comes to people under the age of 30. From 2007 to 2010, the percent of 18-to-29-year-olds citing the Internet as their main source of news nearly doubled, from 34 percent to 65 percent.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Dec142010

Poll: Americans Think WikiLeaks Document Dump Went Too Far

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- More than two-thirds of Americans say WikiLeaks has harmed the public interest by releasing classified U.S diplomatic documents -- a sharp negative turn in views of the website's actions.  And nearly six in 10 say its founder, Julian Assange, should face criminal charges as a result.

On Tuesday, the same day Assange is scheduled to appear in a London courtroom on unrelated charges, the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll indicated he’s gone a document dump too far, alienating many Americans who held a more benign view of last summer’s WikiLeaks release of U.S. military field reports from Afghanistan.

Moreover, a recent Pew Research Center poll found the public more or less divided, 42 percent to 47 percent, on whether that release served or hurt the public interest.  Last week, in a Pew poll on the diplomatic documents, it was 29-53 percent negative.  And in this poll it’s even more so, with just 20 percent saying the release served the public interest, while 68 percent call it harmful.

Assange's lawyer was quoted Sunday as saying Swedish authorities had told him a grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia was considering possible criminal charges against Assange stemming from WikiLeaks’ release of classified documents.  In accordance with that reported investigation, 59 percent of Americans say that in their view Assange should be charged with a crime for releasing the U.S. diplomatic cables.  Far fewer, 29 percent, said it’s not a criminal matter, with the rest undecided.

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