U.S. Politics Aug. 26, 2009

International Stories Don’t Register

While health care is the public’s top story, as many heard about Brett Farve as protesters bringing guns to town halls. Most heard news about the availability of swine flu vaccines.

Media & News Aug. 25, 2009

Focus Turns to Health Care Scorecard

A growing consensus that Obama was losing the political-message battle permeated coverage. Also, Afghanistan received three times the press of Iraq in the last three weeks.

Aug. 20, 2009

Coping With End-of-Life Decisions

While most Americans approve of laws that say treatment can be stopped if that’s what a terminally ill patient desires, they are split on what they would do personally in that situation. Only 27% have put into writing their own wishes regarding end-of-life care.

Media & News Aug. 20, 2009

Health Care Shouting Moves to Blogs

Liberal bloggers accused conservatives of spreading fear and falsehoods, while conservatives asserted that liberals were hiding their real goal — a government-dominated system.

U.S. Politics Aug. 20, 2009

Death Panels Live On With Fox Viewers

Regular viewers of Fox News Channel are far more likely than viewers of other cable news channels and nightly network news to say claims of death panels are true.

Internet & Tech Aug. 19, 2009

More and More Teens on Cell Phones

Significantly behind just a few years ago, teens are quickly catching up to adults in cell phone ownership. Few demographic differences exist among teens in use, with one exception: age. A sharp increase in ownership occurs at age 14, right at the transition from middle to high school.

U.S. Politics Aug. 19, 2009

Would Americans Welcome Medicare if it Were Being Proposed in 2009?

Much of the opposition to health care reform today is being fueled by anti-government sentiment that did not exist during the mid-1960’s.

U.S. Politics Aug. 19, 2009

Public Souring on Washington

More say the president and GOP leaders are not working together, as Obama’s approval inches lower and the Democratic Party’s favorability falls sharply. Opinion about the economy remains negative with personal financial assessments becoming more bearish.

Media & News Aug. 18, 2009

Confrontational Health Care Coverage

Cable news became ground zero for town hall “ruckus” as death threats, swastikas and comparisons with Nazi Germany became part of the media narrative.

Religion Aug. 18, 2009

Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

A new report by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life examines President Obama’s faith-based advisory council, including descriptions of their goals and profiles of members.