U.S. Politics Sep. 25, 2007

Public Expresses Mixed Views of Islam, Mormonism

The Muslim and Mormon religions have gained increasing national visibility in recent years. Yet most Americans say they know little or nothing about either religion’s practices, and large majorities say that their own religion is very different from Islam and the Mormon religion. At the same time, overall evaluations of Mormons and Muslim Americans are on balance positive.

U.S. Politics Sep. 24, 2007

Political Knowledge Update

Take our updated quiz about prominent people and major events in the news. Then see how you did in comparison with 1,005 randomly sampled adults asked the same questions in a recent national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.

U.S. Politics Sep. 20, 2007

The Oprah Factor in Campaign ’08

Do political endorsements matter? Generally they have little impact on voter preferences, but there’s no telling whether Oprah Winfrey can do for Obama what she has done for countless books and products.

U.S. Politics Sep. 20, 2007

Voters Assess the ’08 Hopefuls: Clinton Seen as ’Tough,’ Giuliani Viewed as ’Energetic’

The public is no more engaged by the presidential campaign than in the spring, but the perceived strengths of some leading candidates are coming into focus.

Internet & Tech Sep. 19, 2007

Hobbyists Online

The Internet has become America’s playground with the great majority of those online now using the web to pursue leisure-time interests from genealogy and collecting to gambling.

U.S. Politics Sep. 18, 2007

Petraeus’ Proposals Draw Public Approval, But Fail to Lift War Support

A new Pew survey finds most Americans (57%) approve of the general’s recommendations for troop withdrawals, but just 16% say Petraeus’ statements have made them more optimistic about the war, while 67% say their views were unchanged by the general’s report.

Religion Sep. 17, 2007

Case the Candidates for ’08

The Pew Forum database covers presidential contenders’ positions on issues of special religious significance as well as their stands on other domestic and foreign policies.

U.S. Politics Sep. 13, 2007

A Nation of “Haves” and “Have-Nots”?

Over the past two decades, the number of Americans who see the country as divided along economic lines has increased sharply, and twice as many people now see themselves among the society’s “have-nots.”

Media & News Sep. 12, 2007

The News You Choose

In a world without journalists, or at least without editors, what would the news agenda look like? A one-week study of a new crop of user-driven news sites by the Project for Excellence in Journalism suggests that the news agenda would be more diverse, more transitory, and often drawn from a very different and perhaps controversial list of sources.

Religion Sep. 12, 2007

A Half Century After It First Appeared on the Dollar Bill, “In God We Trust” Still Stirs Opposition

Oct. 1 marks the 50th anniversary of the appearance of the words on U.S. paper currency. The phrase, which is also the nation’s official motto, has been caught in a broader controversy over just how high the wall separating church and state should stand.