Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis

Media & NewsNovember 18, 2008

Never-Ending Story: Palin and Hillary Still Making News

The country’s weakened economy rivaled the presidential transition as top story of the week while much coverage focused on two women who ran losing campaigns for the executive branch.

Internet & TechNovember 16, 2008

When Technology Fails

Need help in setting up that new computer? Feel frustrated when your cellphone acts up? According to a new Pew Internet Project survey, you are far from alone.

U.S. PoliticsNovember 14, 2008

High Hopes

Barack Obama won only 53% of the vote on Election Day, but he is getting a landslide greeting from the American public with voters giving Obama better grades for his conduct during the campaign than any presidential candidate since 1988.

U.S. PoliticsNovember 13, 2008

Young Voters in the 2008 Election

This year, 66% of those under age 30 voted for Barack Obama making the disparity between young voters and other age groups larger than in any presidential election since exit polling began in 1972.

ReligionNovember 13, 2008

Gay Marriage at the Ballot Box

Prior to Massachusetts becoming the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2003, only three states had passed constitutional amendments prohibiting the practice. With amendments in California, Arizona and Florida passing this November, the number of states now stands at 29. A graphic charts the recent history of voter-approved state bans on gay marriage.

U.S. PoliticsNovember 13, 2008

Post-Election Perspectives

In remarks at a dinner at the Newseum hosted by the Roper Center, Pew Research Center President Andrew Kohut analyzed the voter preferences revealed in exit and post-election polls and their implications for the incoming administration.

U.S. PoliticsNovember 13, 2008

High Marks for Campaign, High Bar for Obama

A week after the election, voters are feeling good about themselves, the presidential campaign and Barack Obama. Looking ahead, they have high expectations for the Obama administration, with two-thirds predicting that he will have a successful first term.

GlobalNovember 13, 2008

Global Media Celebrate Obama Victory — But Cautious Too

“GOBAMA!” gushed Britain’s Daily Mirror the day after Barack Obama’s electoral victory. Other newspapers around the world were scarcely less enthusiastic but notes of concern and discord were also registered.

U.S. PoliticsNovember 12, 2008

Few Will Miss Campaign News

The 2008 campaign set records for interest and will long be remembered (in fact, 23% of Americans are saving a post-election newspaper), but fully 82% of Americans will have no problem taking election news out of their lives. Also, Bill O’Reilly comes in as American’s favorite — and least favorite — campaign commentator.

Media & NewsNovember 11, 2008

Media Moment: History, Trends and Transition Dominate News Coverage

When the campaign was finally over, the media almost immediately viewed Barack Obama’s victory as a transformational event, and a subject that had been in some ways taboo moved front and center – race.