U.S. Politics Mar. 1, 2007

Anna Nicole Audience Praises Press Coverage

Even though most Americans (61%) think Anna Nicole Smith’s death has been over-covered, the press gets high marks from that portion of the public (more than a third) who are following the story closely. Two-thirds of this group rate the coverage as good or excellent – better marks than the press receives from the audiences of any of the other top stories of the past week. This is in line with poll findings about previous tabloid stories: their core audiences think the press does a great job of covering them.

Religion Feb. 28, 2007

Same-Sex Marriage in California: Legal and Political Prospects

Experts debate a pending state Supreme Court decision and the larger societal issues involved.

Internet & Tech Feb. 26, 2007

The World of Wireless Widens

Some 34% of internet users have logged onto the internet using a wireless connection. Users of wireless access show deeper engagement with cyberspace — at least when focusing on two basic online activities, email and news.

U.S. Politics Feb. 23, 2007

Voters Remain In Neutral As Presidential Campaign Moves Into High Gear

Latest Pew poll finds Republicans lagging Democrats in attention to the race and enthusiasm for candidates. Clinton is Democrats’ strongest choice but Obama leads among independents; Giuliani tops McCain in popularity among Republicans and independents.

Feb. 22, 2007

Americans and Social Trust: Who, Where and Why

Just under half of Americans say most people can be trusted, while 50% say you can’t be too careful, a new Pew survey finds. Whites are more trusting than blacks or Hispanics. High income folks are more trusting than those with low incomes. The married are more trusting than the unmarried. The old are more trusting than the young. And rural folks are more trusting than their city cousins.

U.S. Politics Feb. 16, 2007

Too Much Anna Nicole, But the Saga Attracts an Audience

Comparisons between Pew’s new gauge of public interest in the week’s news and the PEJ’s News Coverage Index find the public and the press often in agreement about the most important news stories.

U.S. Politics Feb. 15, 2007

War Support Slips, Fewer See Positive Outcome

Two-thirds of the public now says that the U.S. military effort in Iraq is not going well, reflecting a sharp increase in the last year. And most say the country is also losing ground in problem areas from the federal budget to corruption to the environment.

U.S. Politics Feb. 14, 2007

How Reliable Are the Early Presidential Polls?

As the number of declared presidential candidates grows, followers of early poll readings should bear in mind some caveats. Early frontrunners for the Republican nomination in most of the past seven open contests have gone on to win the nomination, but this year there are two GOP frontrunners instead of one clear leader. On the Democratic side, even when there is a clear frontrunner as there is this year with Sen. Hillary Clinton, the early polls have been less reliable in predicting who will capture the nomination.

Feb. 7, 2007

What Americans Pay For – and How

Bill-paying is a different experience now than it was a generation ago. A sizable minority of adults pay by click. And a sizable majority pay each month for one or more of the big three Information Age staples that didn’t exist or were in their infancy a few decades back — cell phones, internet service and cable and satellite television.

U.S. Politics Feb. 7, 2007

Can You Trust What Polls Say about Obama’s Electoral Prospects?

The strong showing of Democrat Barack Obama in early trial heat polls for the 2008 presidential election raises anew the question of whether the American public is ready to support an African American candidate for president. Recent polling points to two significant shifts on this question.