Internet & Tech Dec. 31, 2007

In Search of Solutions: How People use the Internet, Libraries, and Government Agencies to Find Help

A new survey challenges the assumption that libraries are no longer relevant, although the internet is now the most consulted information source.

Global Dec. 28, 2007

View from Pakistan: Before Bhutto’s Assassination, Public Opinion Was Increasingly Opposed to Terrorism

What the former prime minister’s death means for the country’s stability is highly uncertain, but it is clear that Pakistanis, while supportive of democratic elections and disapproving of militant extremism, remain highly skeptical of the U.S.

Internet & Tech Dec. 19, 2007

Teen Content Creators

Some 93% of teens use the internet, and more of them than ever are treating it as a venue for social interaction — a place where they can share creations, tell stories, and interact with others.

Religion Dec. 19, 2007

The Death Penalty in America

Religious communities have been deeply involved on both sides of the capital punishment issue. As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in a case challenging use of lethal injection, a Pew Forum special report examines the history of the death penalty, arguments before the court and public opinion.

Media & News Dec. 19, 2007

Iraq Portrait: How the Press Has Covered Events on the Ground

Through the first 10 months of 2007, the news media’s picture of Iraq was painted mostly in bleak colors. But reports about daily attacks declined in late summer and fall, as did the amount of coverage from Iraq overall.

U.S. Politics Dec. 19, 2007

Gas Prices, Disasters Top News Interest in 2007

Man-made and natural disasters dominated the list of the public’s top news stories in 2007 but, as was the case in 2006, the rising price of gasoline attracted the largest audience of any news story.

U.S. Politics Dec. 19, 2007

Primary Preview: Dynamics Differ for the Two Parties in Early Races

For Democratic candidates, the decisive factors in Iowa and New Hampshire are personal and tactical; for GOP contestants, however, the ultimate outcome may be decided by the relative strength of newly combative ideological elements.

U.S. Politics Dec. 18, 2007

What Was — and Wasn’t — On the Public’s Mind in 2007

A compilation of the top 15 stories in which public opinion played a significant role, and the year’s most notable “non-barking dogs.”

Religion Dec. 18, 2007

Science in America: Religious Belief and Public Attitudes

The combination of widespread religious commitment and leadership in science and technology greatly enlarges the potential for conflict between faith and science in the U.S.

Internet & Tech Dec. 16, 2007

Digital Footprints: Online Identity Management and Search in the Age of Transparency

Unlike footprints left in the sand, our online data trails often stick around long after the tide has gone out. And internet users have become more aware of information that remains connected to their name online.