Religion Oct. 1, 2008

Despite Pastors’ Protest, Most Americans Are Wary of Church Involvement in Partisan Politics

More than two dozen pastors recently challenged a tax code provision restricting political activities by houses of worship, but surveys show that substantial majorities of the public have consistently opposed such action.

U.S. Politics Oct. 1, 2008

Obama Boosts Leadership Image and Gains Significant Lead Over McCain

The Illinois senator, helped by the debate, has been able to erase concerns about his ability to lead, to widen his advantage on economic issues and to move to a significant lead in swing states. There has been a broad-based decline in the number of voters who view Palin as qualified to become president.

U.S. Politics Sep. 30, 2008

Small Plurality Backs Bailout Plan

There is little partisan difference in views of the overall plan. Republicans, however, are less concerned about protecting homeowners although they are not particularly worried about excessive government involvement in the nation’s financial markets.

Media & News Sep. 30, 2008

Assessing the Debate: A Media/Public Disconnect?

Political pundits, seeing no knockout punch, scored a tie. But viewers awarded the win to Obama.

Media & News Sep. 30, 2008

Coverage Centers on Volatility in Economy and McCain Campaign

The week drama’s suggested that a national crisis and campaign for president do not easily mix and the candidate who tried harder to seize the moment may have had the tougher week.

Media & News Sep. 25, 2008

Every Now and Again–A Study on News Coverage of Immigration

In a year dominated by the war in Iraq and the 2008 presidential campaign coverage, how much media attention did immigration receive? Which aspects of the immigration issue did the media most tune into? What was not covered? And who provided the most coverage?

Sep. 25, 2008

Women Call the Shots at Home; Public Mixed on Gender Roles in Jobs

They say it’s a man’s world, but in the typical American family, it’s the woman who wears the pantsuit. Still, Americans retain strong traditional gender preferences with respect to some job roles. To find out where you fit, take our Couples Quiz, then read the report on the findings of the national survey.

U.S. Politics Sep. 25, 2008

The Candidates: In a Word

View “word clouds” of voters’ impressions of the candidates based on one-word descriptions from a recent Pew survey.

U.S. Politics Sep. 25, 2008

McCain’s Image Falls as Economic Worries Rise; Public Awaits Debate

Independents’ views of McCain have become significantly less favorable in the last few days, but they still expect him to win the coming foreign policy debate.

U.S. Politics Sep. 25, 2008

Uncertain Times

In every recent election the public has accurately picked the winner by this time in the cycle. But not this year.