U.S. Politics Oct. 13, 2010

Cell Phones and Election Polls: An Update

Data from Pew Research Center polling this year suggest that the landline-only bias is as large, and potentially even larger, than it was in 2008.

U.S. Politics Oct. 7, 2010

Lagging Youth Enthusiasm Could Hurt Democrats in 2010

Millennials continue to be among the strongest backers of Democratic candidates this fall, though their support for the Democratic Party has slipped since 2008. But young voters have given far less thought to the coming elections than have older voters, and this gap is larger than in previous midterms.

U.S. Politics Oct. 5, 2010

Democrats Struggle to Avoid Wipeout from Electoral Wave

Less than two years ago, Democrats basked in the glow of an impressive political triumph. Today, they are contemplating the very real prospect of losing their House majority. What happened?

U.S. Politics Sep. 27, 2010

A Static America: A Contrarian View of Current U.S. Public Opinion Trends

With predictions of a wave of Republican victories come the November elections, there has been talk of a sea change in American politics. While acknowledging that changes in political and economic conditions can produce substantial shifts in the partisan makeup of governments at all levels, the author, a long time Pew Research consultant, argues that such transformations are rarely the product of major shifts in basic American values.

U.S. Politics Sep. 20, 2010

Taxed Enough Already?

Despite all the animosity aimed at Washington, one usual political punching bag is actually not seen as villainous as it once was: taxes. More say they pay about the right amount in taxes than say they pay more than their fair share.

U.S. Politics Sep. 2, 2010

Glenn Beck, Christians and Mormons

In contrast to the Beck’s comments, it’s incorrect to say that “most” Christians do not view Mormons as Christians. However, many have mixed views about Mormonism.

U.S. Politics Aug. 3, 2010

The Invisible Court

While legal scholars analyze Kagan’s possible impact on the “Roberts court,” most Americans have no idea who “Roberts” is. And as experts debate if the court has become more conservative, the public sees the court moving in the opposite direction.

U.S. Politics Jul. 1, 2010

Proud Patriots — and Harsh Critics of Government

Nearly all Americans consider themselves patriotic and voice pride in being American. But many of those who voice strong patriotism and pride in the country also are highly critical of the federal government and its political leaders.

U.S. Politics Jun. 3, 2010

Seniors are Strongest Advocates for Change in 2010

Older Americans have a more negative view of incumbents, are more likely to vote for a candidate with no elective experience and less likely to support those who compromise than are Americans younger than age 65.

U.S. Politics May. 20, 2010

Assessing the Cell Phone Challenge

With fully a quarter of the U.S. adult population now relying solely on cell phone service, pollsters and other survey researchers face a difficult decision as to whether to include cell phones in their samples. A joint study by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Pew Internet & American Life Project takes an up-to-date look at the potential biases in findings based on landline-only surveys.