A Rising Tide Lifts Mood in the Developing World
Even in some countries where incomes are still low and life is tough, people tend to be happier with their lives — if their economy is on the upswing. And, in Muslim countries, support for suicide bombing has declined sharply in recent years. Also, a commentary by Bruce Stokes analyzes factors contributing higher levels of happiness in many countries worldwide.
The Latino Electorate: A Widening Gap between Voters and the Larger Hispanic Population in the U.S.
Latinos made up a slightly larger share of the total voter turnout in the 2006 election than in 2002; but, a new Pew Hispanic analysis finds, the Latino vote continued to lag well behind growth of the Latino population primarily because a high percentage of the new Hispanics in the U.S. are either too young to vote or are not citizens.
Uploading Democracy: Candidates Field YouTube Questions
Tuesday night’s Democratic debate was widely anticipated for its groundbreaking format. Candidates took on a host of issues asked by citizens via YouTube videos; what follows is an analysis of the format and major themes of the debate as compared with public opinion data.
Is the Fairness Doctrine Fair Game?
The rule requiring broadcasters to balance views aired on controversial subjects was repealed 20 years ago. Yet in recent weeks, debate about the Fairness Doctrine has re-emerged in media circles — especially on talk radio.
Who’s Wild About Harry?
The latest News Interest Index survey finds that, at least so far, most of the public isn’t especially interested in news about the final installment in the Harry Potter series or the release of a new Potter movie; but an astounding number say they plan to buy Deathly Hallows when the book goes on sale on Saturday.
Modern Marriage: “I Like Hugs. I Like Kisses. But What I Really Love is Help with the Dishes.”
What makes a marriage work? A new Pew survey finds that “sharing household chores” has moved way up on the charts.
Muslim Americans Report: Arabic Translation of Summary
An Arabic translation of the summary of Pew’s report on Muslim Americans
China’s Online Population Explosion
The influx of tens of millions of new online participants each year can be expected to have far-reaching consequences for the people of China, for its government and economy, and for the United States and the world.
Fewer Mothers Prefer Full-time Work
In the span of the past decade, full-time work outside the home has lost some of its appeal to mothers. This trend holds for both those who have such jobs and those who don’t.
Campaign Internet Videos: “Sopranos” Spoof vs. “Obama Girl”
They originate on the internet, but more people are viewing them on TV than online.