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