Media & News Dec. 31, 2009

Holiday Haranguings

The continuing health care debate, and an insurgent campaign for the top of the British pop charts were at the center of social media commentary.

U.S. Politics Dec. 29, 2009

Stories of 2009: Public vs. Press

The media’s top stories generally reflected the public’s top interests, but the press gave more coverage to politics (Kennedy’s death, Palin’s book, Specter’s switch) than the public was willing to follow.

Religion Dec. 22, 2009

How Religious is Your State?

An interactive graphic lets you check out how your state — and all the other states — rank on four measures of religiosity.

U.S. Politics Dec. 22, 2009

More Now Think Health Care Reform Will Pass

Americans continued to follow the health care debate more closely than any other news story last week, and the public gave the odds of a reform bill ultimately being passed the most positive assessment in two months of tracking.

Hispanic Dec. 22, 2009

Latinos Online: Narrowing the Gap

From 2006 to 2008, internet use among Latino adults rose by 10 percentage points, from 54% to 64%, compared with a 4-percentage-point rise among whites and a 2-percentage-point rise among blacks. The growth among Latinos was driven mainly by increased usage by the foreign born and those with lower incomes — groups that have low rates of online activity.

U.S. Politics Dec. 21, 2009

Public Looks Back at Worst Decade in 50 Years

As the current decade draws to a close, relatively few Americans have positive things to say about it. But major technological and communications advances are viewed in an overwhelmingly positive light.

Religion Dec. 17, 2009

Global Restrictions on Religion

Since some of the most restrictive countries are very populous, nearly 70% of the world’s 6.8 billion people live in countries with severe restrictions on religion.

U.S. Politics Dec. 17, 2009

Obama’s 2010 Challenge: Wake Up Liberals, Calm Down Independents

His approval has slipped, but is not much different from where Reagan stood at this point in his term. But the public’s conservative shift could be trouble for the president.

Religion Dec. 17, 2009

Little Support for Terrorism Among Muslim Americans

The Pew Research Center’s comprehensive portrait of the Muslim American population suggests that, despite recent events, America is less likely to be a fertile breeding ground for terrorism than are Muslim minority communities in other countries.

Media & News Dec. 17, 2009

No Denying the Heat of Global Warming Debate in the Blogosphere

Climate change received more attention online than any other subject in a given week this year. Much of the added fuel came from global warming believers who joined a debate that had been dominated by skeptics.