Global Aug. 13, 2009

Pakistan: Growing Concerns About Extremism, Continuing Discontent with U.S.

Pakistani public opinion has turned against al Qaeda and the Taliban, and concerns about Islamic extremism are widespread. At the same time, Pakistanis continue to express negative views of the U.S., although there is an openness to improving relations between the two countries.

Media & News Aug. 13, 2009

Echo Chamber: Tweeting About Twitter

The attention given online to the outage over Twitter’s momentary shutdown speaks to a popular theme in new media — social media talking about social media.

Aug. 12, 2009

Forty Years After Woodstock, A Gentler Generation Gap

They have different values, beliefs and lifestyles, but young and old today are disagreeing without being disagreeable, a new Pew Research survey finds. They also share a fondness for Woodstock-era rock and roll.

Religion Aug. 12, 2009

Measuring Media: Faith-Based Initiative

While Obama adopted much of the program put into place by Bush, it has generated little of the contentious press coverage sparked by his predecessor’s effort.

U.S. Politics Aug. 12, 2009

Americans Hear Improvement in Tone of Economic News

Americans are hearing better news coverage about financial markets, real estate and prices. Also, as the health care debate tops interest, town hall protests register widely, with a majority calling the behavior appropriate.

U.S. Politics Aug. 11, 2009

Opinion of State Governments Drops With the Economy, Budget Gaps

The falloff in favorable views has been greater in states with the largest budget gaps. Also, the new administration has shifted partisan views of the federal government dramatically.

Media & News Aug. 11, 2009

Health Care News Heats Up

Despite falling off in other media sectors, health care stayed atop the news agenda due to overwhelming, and partisan, talk-show coverage.

Aug. 7, 2009

Go West, Old Man

Searching for a modern fountain of youth? American’s West has the highest concentration of older adults who don’t think of themselves as old. Older Westerners also feel healthier and get more exercise than older folks elsewhere.

U.S. Politics Aug. 7, 2009

Public Supports Targeting Al Qaeda Leaders, Wants Congress in the Loop

Americans generally support allowing the Central Intelligence Agency to assassinate al Qaeda leaders, but opinions are more mixed about whether the CIA should have such a program without first informing Congress.

U.S. Politics Aug. 6, 2009

Many Fault Media Coverage of Health Care Debate

As the fight in Washington over health care reform continues to dominate public attention and media coverage, most Americans are critical of the way news organizations are explaining key elements of the debate.