U.S. Politics Dec. 8, 2008

Some Final Thoughts on Campaign ’08

A wrap-up of possibly overlooked polling trends and end-of-campaign happenings.

Internet & Tech Dec. 7, 2008

Video Games: Adults are Players Too

Video games aren’t just child’s play; more than half of adults and about a quarter of seniors are digital gamers too.

Internet & Tech Dec. 4, 2008

Obama’s Online Opportunities

For a host of reasons, the new administration needs to develop a national broadband strategy but research suggests that users must be central actors in its design.

Dec. 2, 2008

Americans Claim to Like Diverse Communities but Do They Really?

People express pro-diversity attitudes to pollsters but U.S. neighborhoods have grown more politically and economically homogenous in recent decades, according to analyses of election returns and U.S. Census data.

Global Dec. 2, 2008

India: Global Optimism, Local Fears

Recent Pew Global Attitudes surveys show India clearly embracing the economic aspects of globalization. But, even before the Mumbai terrorist attacks, the Indian public was greatly worried about terrorism.

U.S. Politics Nov. 25, 2008

Watching the White House Take Shape

The economy is still No. 1 in news interest, but Americans are also paying close attention to Obama’s cabinet and staff selections. While less attention has been paid to personal matters — like the first family’s new puppy — news about Michelle Obama is now seen by the public as mostly positive, a sharp contrast to the perceived negativity over the summer.

U.S. Politics Nov. 25, 2008

Winds of Political Change Haven’t Shifted Public’s Ideology Balance

Still, ideological labels don’t always predict policy opinions; e.g.,about half of self-described conservatives say that all or some of the Bush tax cuts should be repealed while many liberals support off-shore drilling.

Media & News Nov. 25, 2008

Shifting Gears: Auto Bailouts and the Obama Transition Lead the News

Although no other media stories came close to rivaling the economy’s troubles and the emerging face of the incoming administration, one other story drew sensational coverage: piracy on the high seas.

Media & News Nov. 24, 2008

How the Media Cover Health

At a time when health care is a major public policy issue, a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Project for Excellence in Journalism examines the extent to which health news has been a part of the national news agenda including coverage of the 2008 presidential primary campaign.

U.S. Politics Nov. 20, 2008

Detroit’s Troubles Driving Attention to Economy, Bailout Opposition Rises

With the presidential election behind them, Americans have turned their attention back to the nation’s economy, though nearly half say they feel angry when seeing or hearing such reports.