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Striking Findings from Pew, CFM Research During 2018

Among the most striking research findings during 2018 is that a majority of US teens fear a mass shooting at the school they attend.

Among the most striking research findings during 2018 is that a majority of US teens fear a mass shooting at the school they attend.

The year is almost over and it’s time for retrospectives. Pew Research Center has shared “18 striking findings.” We have a few of our own to share.

 Here are a few of the striking findings by Pew during 2018:

  • The number of unauthorized immigrants in the United States has declined from its peak of 12.2 million in 2007.

  • The number of refugees resettled in the United States decreased more in 2017 than the rest of the world.

  • Younger Americans are better than their elders at separating fact from opinion.

  • A declining share of US Catholics say Pope Francis is doing a good job.

  • A majority of US teens fear a mass shooting at their school.

  • Almost 70 percent of Americans indicate they are worn out by the news. More Republicans say they are fatigued than Democrats.

  • Income inequality in America is greatest among Asians.

  • Bots on Twitter may be responsible for more link-sharing than human tweeters.

  • Almost 60 percent of women in the United States say they have been sexually harassed.

CFM has also been busy conducting research in 2018. Here are some of the findings we are able to share:

  • People in the Pacific Northwest are more optimistic about the way things are going than the rest of the country. Republicans are more pessimistic than Democrats.

  • Republicans and Democrats have significantly different opinions about key issues such as education and transportation. Opinions among Independents are closer to Republicans than Democrats.

  • People expect it will be decades before transportation issues are addressed adequately.

  • The share of people who rely on newspapers for information has declined by 50 percent during the past 10 years. Old-fashioned word of mouth and digital news outlets are now preferred sources.

  • Next to traffic congestion, one of the most commonly mentioned civic challenges is homelessness.

Hold onto your hat because 2019 appears like another storm approaching, with loads of opportunities to take the temperature of Americans around the country and in the Pacific Northwest.


Workplace Ethics under Stress

The latest national ethics in the workplace study shows employee whistle-blowing rising at the same time as retaliation against whistleblowers rose. The study, conducted by the Ethics Resource Center, also revealed active social network users appear more tolerant of workplace practices that employers view as questionable.

The Ethics Resource Center, a private nonprofit research organization, has conducted an annual workplace ethics study since 1994, affording the ability to look at long-term or emerging trends. For its 2011 report, the Center interviewed 4,800 full- and part-time workers at various levels in mostly private-sector businesses. One-third were interviewed by telephone or cell phone and two-thirds participated online. Responses were captured last September 15-29.

Among the key findings from the 2011 report:

  • The percentage of employees who perceived pressure to compromise standards to do their jobs climbed five points from 2009 to 13 percent in 2011.

  • The share of companies with weak ethics cultures climbed to near record levels at 42 percent.

  • Misconduct witnessed by U.S. workers fell to a new low of 45 percent, while reporting of misconduct reached a record high of 65 percent.

  • More than one in five employee whistleblowers reported retaliation, ranging from demotion to verbal abuse to being excluded from key decisions or work activity.

  • Around one-third of employees say management watches them more closely.

  • More than four in 10 employees say their company has increased awareness of ethics.

Most forms of misconduct increased from levels reported in 2009 on a similar survey. Sexual harassment and substance abuse each rose to 11 percent. Health and safety violations climbed to 13 percent. "For many Americans, the economy in 2011 seems only slightly better than during the recession," the report concludes.