Pew Research Center Sep. 6, 2007

“First of the Fall” GOP Debate

On Wednesday evening, eight Republican presidential candidates met in a debate at the University of New Hampshire. How did candidate views compare with public opinion on the topics discussed?

Religion Sep. 6, 2007

Religion in Campaign ’08

Religion is not currently proving to be a clear-cut positive in the 2008 presidential race. Candidates viewed by voters as the least religious are the current frontrunners for the Democratic and Republican nominations – Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani, respectively. And the candidate seen as far and away the most religious – Mitt Romney – appears handicapped by this perception because of voter concerns about Mormonism.

U.S. Politics Sep. 5, 2007

What Could Convince Americans to Stay the Course in Iraq?

A look at the course of opinions about the Iraq war over the past few years suggests that two crucial but opposing factors in U.S. thinking will likely shape the public’s response to the Petraeus report.

Media & News Sep. 4, 2007

Fred Thompson’s Online Campaign Is in Full Swing

When he formally enters the 2008 race this week, former Sen. Fred Thompson can behave in all ways like a presidential candidate. But on his “testing the waters” website, I’mwithFred.com, he’s already been busy reaching out to supporters.

Hispanic Aug. 30, 2007

A Changing Racial and Ethnic Mix in U.S. Public Schools

A new analysis of public school enrollment data by the Pew Hispanic Center finds that in the dozen years from 1993-94 to 2005-06, white students became significantly less isolated from minority students while, at the same time, black and Hispanic students became slightly more isolated from white students.

U.S. Politics Aug. 30, 2007

Black Enthusiasm for Clinton and Obama Leaves Little Room for Edwards

The popularity of the two top contenders among key segments of the Democratic electorate may help explain why Edwards’s populist platform has not drawn wider support so far.

U.S. Politics Aug. 28, 2007

Along the Iraq-Vietnam Parallel

To many observers the most obvious parallel between the two conflicts is that, after early public support, disillusionment mounted as hostilities dragged on. But while the overall trajectory is similar, an important political difference distinguishes public attitudes toward the two wars.

U.S. Politics Aug. 28, 2007

Michael Vick Case Draws Large Audience

The Atlanta Falcons quarterback’s legal troubles were last week’s most followed news. Opinions of media coverage of the story showed a sharp racial divide with blacks far more critical than whites.

Religion Aug. 27, 2007

How the Public Resolves Conflicts Between Faith and Science

Polls show that Americans have a healthy respect for science. But what happens when scientific findings conflict with religious beliefs? In the case of evolution, religious people, who make up a majority of Americans, rely primarily on their faith for answers.

U.S. Politics Aug. 23, 2007

Who Watches Wall Street?

Interest in the stock market is currently relatively high, but only a minority of Americans regularly follows economic news unless, like gas and food prices, it hits directly on the average pocketbook.