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.

Pew Research Center Jan. 7, 2010

Did ’We’ Want to Do It?

With women about to become the majority of the U.S. workforce, how do most of today’s Rosie the Riveters feel about being “put to more productive use?” In a word: ambivalent.

U.S. Politics Dec. 17, 2009

Obama’s 2010 Challenge: Wake Up Liberals, Calm Down Independents

His approval has slipped, but is not much different from where Reagan stood at this point in his term. But the public’s conservative shift could be trouble for the president.

Pew Research Center Dec. 10, 2009

The Millennials

Who are they? How are they different from –and similar to — their parents? How is their moment in history shaping them? And how might they, in turn, reshape America in the decades ahead?

Global Dec. 3, 2009

Negative Views of U.S. Unchanged in Turkey

Though U.S. image remains dismal in Turkey (the lowest rating among 25 nations surveyed) there are signs of improvement in this strategically important country. Far more Turks trust the new American president and the nation is turning less negative toward U.S. foreign policy.

Global Dec. 2, 2009

Global Warming Seen as a Major Problem Around the World

As leaders convene in Copenhagen to discuss climate change, they will address a concern shared around the globe. Publics are willing to sacrifice economic growth for the environment, but nations are split on which country should lead on global warming.

Pew Research Center Nov. 23, 2009

Polling Wars: Hawks vs. Doves

The contrast between attitudes toward military involvement in Afghanistan and Iran fits into a temporal pattern. Americans generally like their wars to be successful or short — and ideally both.

U.S. Politics Nov. 23, 2009

Where the Public Stands on Immigration Reform

Polling has found significant support for both tougher enforcement and the so-called “path to citizenship,” but several factors suggest that a new push for reform could be a difficult one.

Global Nov. 18, 2009

Europeans and Americans Share Concerns About Iran’s Nuclear Program

As international pressure mounts on Iran to halt its nuclear program, Americans and Europeans generally express serious concerns about the potential threat from a nuclear-armed Iran. These fears are somewhat muted in Russia

Pew Research Center Nov. 12, 2009

Battle of the Budget Bulge

Americans are famous both for being weight conscious, and at the same time unable to come to terms successfully with their bloated waistlines. The same paradox has applied to how the public looks at budget deficits for a very long time.