U.S. Politics Oct. 2, 2009

Strong Support For Watchdog Role, Despite Public Criticism Of News Media

The percentage of Americans saying that press criticism of political leaders keeps them honest is nearly as high now as it was in the 1980s, when views of the media were far less negative than they are today.

Oct. 1, 2009

The Harried Life of the Working Mother

A solid majority of Americans (75%) reject the idea that women should return to their traditional roles in society, but many women remain conflicted about the competing roles they play at work and at home.

Religion Oct. 1, 2009

Support for Abortion Slips

The election of President Obama may have moved the needle on abortion opinion. Opposition to abortion is up among Republicans, while opinion has changed little among the president’s strongest backers. As the importance of abortion as an issue has declined among liberals, opposition from conservatives has become more firm.

Media & News Oct. 1, 2009

Blogs: Under the Table and Screaming

Rants about troop levels in Afghanistan and Dave Matthews’s comments about the element of racism in opposition to Obama dominated the blogosphere.

U.S. Politics Sep. 30, 2009

Media Have Less Influence on Views about Health Care, Economy

News outlets play much less of a role in shaping views of health reform and the economy — where personal experiences are an important factor — than they do on environmental issues and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Media & News Sep. 30, 2009

Foreign Policy at the Forefront

Taking a detour from the health care debate, the media moved to foreign affairs, covering the UN and continuing their recent scrutiny of Afghanistan.

Hispanic Sep. 25, 2009

Hispanics, Health Insurance and Health Care Access

Six-in-ten Hispanic adults living in the United States who are neither citizens nor legal permanent residents lack health insurance.

Pew Research Center Sep. 25, 2009

Where the News Comes From — And Why It Matters

Newspapers are still the largest originating, gathering source of real news; the crisis they face is not loss of audience but loss of revenue.

Religion Sep. 24, 2009

Salazar v. Buono: Can Government Give One Religion’s Symbol Prominence in a Public Park?

The Supreme Court will soon take up a case with the potential to determine the fate of a cross on display in the Mojave National Preserve, as well as similar religious displays across the country. The court’s decision might also determine who may bring Establishment Clause lawsuits in federal court in the future.

Sep. 24, 2009

What Divides America?

While conflict over race may be America’s most historical and inflamed division, more Americans currently see divisions between immigrants and native-born Americans, as well as rich-poor divides, as stronger social conflicts.