U.S. Politics Apr. 5, 2007

News Leaks Remain Divisive, but Libby Case Has Little Impact

Attitudes towards news leaks are virtually the same now as in 1986, with the public about evenly split between those who say leaks serve the public interest and those who say they harm it.

U.S. Politics Apr. 5, 2007

Who Do You Trust for War News?

Four years into the Iraq war, most Americans say they have little or no confidence in the information they receive — from either the military or the media — about how things are going on the ground.

U.S. Politics Apr. 4, 2007

The NRA’s Image Improves as Support for Gun Control Slips

Surveys taken before the Virginia Tech shootings showed that Americans had become less disposed to support gun control measures than they were in the years surrounding the Columbine school shootings in 1999.

Pew Research Center Apr. 4, 2007

Cruising for News: The State of Digital Journalism

The Project for Excellence in Journalism’s State of the Media Report provides an interactive tool to help users understand news options available on the Web.

Religion Apr. 2, 2007

Giuliani, McCain Lead Among Evangelical Republicans

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life debuts its newly redesigned website with an early look at white evangelical Republicans and their candidate preferences for the 2008 presidential campaign. White evangelicals who are Republicans or Republican leaners divide their support between Rudolph Giuliani and John McCain.

U.S. Politics Mar. 29, 2007

Democrats Fail to Impress in First 100 Days

As the Democratic-led Congress approaches the 100-day mark, pluralities approve of House Speaker Pelosi’s and Senate Majority Leader Reid’s leadership. But Democrats get mixed reviews on campaign promises and policies and proposals.

Hispanic Mar. 28, 2007

Growing Share of Immigrants Choosing Naturalization

Today’s legal immigrants are signing on to a closer relationship with Uncle Sam more quickly and at higher rates than was the case a decade or two ago.

Religion Mar. 27, 2007

Strange Bedfellows: Why Are Some Religious Groups Defending ’Bong Hits 4 Jesus’?

A recent Supreme Court case involving the free speech rights of students is producing some very unusual alliances. Christian conservative groups, such as the American Center for Law and Justice and the Christian Legal Society, are defending a student who was punished by his high school principal for holding up a sign that read “Bong Hits 4 Jesus.”

U.S. Politics Mar. 26, 2007

Solid Majority Favors Congressional Troop Deadline

40% now say the situation in Iraq is going fairly or very well but nearly six in ten want their representative to vote for a withdrawal deadline and only 36% think the U.S. troop buildup will work.

U.S. Politics Mar. 22, 2007

Trends in Political Values and Core Attitudes: 1987-2007

Increased public support for the social safety net, signs of growing public concern about income inequality, and a diminished appetite for assertive national security policies have improved the political landscape for the Democrats as the 2008 presidential campaign gets underway.