U.S. Politics Feb. 4, 2010

Millennials’ Lukewarm Support For Health Care Bills

A third of Millennials lack health care insurance, and their support for health care reform exceeds that of older generations, but they have tuned out of the debate in Washington.

U.S. Politics Feb. 1, 2010

Olympics Bridge Gender Divide In Sports Interest

This month’s Winter Olympics will be a rare sporting event in at least one respect: As many women as men say they are especially looking forward to the winter games.

U.S. Politics Feb. 1, 2010

Inviting Centrists to the Tea Party

The Tea Party movement may well attract more supporters as it becomes better known although divisions among Republicans and independents’ wariness of political extremes may limit its growth.

U.S. Politics Feb. 1, 2010

Almost All Millennials Accept Interracial Dating and Marriage

Compared with older groups, particularly Americans ages 50 or older, younger Americans are significantly more likely to be accepting of interracial marriage and are more likely to have friends of a different race.

U.S. Politics Jan. 26, 2010

It’s All About Jobs, Except When It’s Not

A look at the connection between the rise and fall of joblessness and the political fortunes of past presidents in the modern era is instructive although the lessons to be drawn are far from crystal clear. Thus far, only Ronald Reagan’s ratings in his first term have borne as close a connection as have Obama’s to changes in the unemployment rate.

U.S. Politics Jan. 21, 2010

Michelle Obama’s Strong Personal Image

The first lady is more popular than either her husband or her two immediate predecessors.

Global Jan. 20, 2010

The Post-Communist Generation in the Former Eastern Bloc

A Pew Global Attitudes survey finds that members of the post-communist generation, who are now between the ages of 18 and 39, offer much more positive evaluations of the political and economic changes their countries have undergone over the past two decades than do those who were adults when the Iron Curtain fell.

Global Jan. 14, 2010

Ukraine’s National Election — a Problem of Democracy?

On the eve of a national election, Ukrainians are not only disenchanted with their current leadership and economic situation; they are also the most dissatisfied among former Soviet Bloc nations with the transition to a democracy and free markets.

Global Jan. 12, 2010

Widespread Anti-Immigrant Sentiment in Italy

Eight-in-ten Italians say they would like to to see tighter restrictions on immigration in a 2009 survey. Italians were also more likely than any other public included in a 47-nation survey conducted in 2007 to see immigration as a big problem.

U.S. Politics Jan. 7, 2010

Millennials’ Judgments About Recent Trends Not So Different

Opinions of older adults tend to differ more from the other age groups than the views of those of the youngest generation when it comes to embracing technological advances and societal change. Two issues, the acceptance of homosexuality and tattoos, create especially large generational gaps.