Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
How the World Rates Women as Leaders
On Dec.10, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will become Argentina’s first female president, joining 11 other female prime ministers and presidents. But a Pew Global Attitudes survey finds world publics hold mixed opinions about women political leaders.
GOP Race Unsettled in Politically Diverse Early States
Likely Republican voters in the three politically disparate early primary states express less enthusiasm about their field of presidential candidates, and many voice only modest support for their choices.
Public Opinion About Mormons
Mitt Romney’s speech discussing the role of religion in American politics addressed a public among which many harbor doubts about his Mormon faith.
Religion and Secularism: The American Experience
Professor Wilfred McClay argues that America’s particular brand of secularism, together with some features of Christianity, have produced a unique if imperfect mingling of religion and government in the country’s public life.
Clinton Pressed in Iowa, But Holds Solid Leads Elsewhere
Democrats enter the presidential primary campaign upbeat about their candidates and united in their views on major issues. Sen. Hillary Clinton is the Democratic frontrunner in three key early primary states, holding a slim five-point edge in Iowa and more substantial 19-point and 14-point leads in New Hampshire and South Carolina, respectively.
English Usage among Hispanics in the United States
A new analysis of six Pew Hispanic Center surveys finds a dramatic increase in English-language ability from one generation of Hispanics to the next.
Immigration Takes Center Stage at GOP YouTube Debate
In a format the public says it prefers — “regular people,” not journalists, posing the questions — immigration emerged as the hot-button issue. Were the candidates’ answers in sync with GOP voters’ opinions?
Journalists in Iraq: A Survey of Reporters on the Front Lines
Journalists covering Iraq — mostly veteran war correspondents — give their reporting a generally positive assessment but describe conditions there as the most perilous they have ever encountered.
Will Shared Concern about Iran Provide Common Ground for Middle East Negotiators in Annapolis?
Chances for progress at the Middle East conference should be bolstered by the presence of Saudi Arabia, which is viewed as a key ally in much of the Arab world.
Public Sees Progress in War Effort
For the first time in a long time, nearly half of Americans express positive opinions about the situation in Iraq and judgments about the overall situation in Iraq have been improving steadily since the summer.