Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
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.
Blogs Chew Over Food and Health while Iran Surges on Twitter
While the mainstream media focused on the health care reform battle, the blogosphere highlighted two stories about food, and Iran updates dominated Twitter.
With the talk shows leading the way, the increasingly polarizing health care story stayed firmly atop the news agenda.
Obamamania Misses Most Muslim Countries
America’s image is on the rebound throughout much of the world, driven in large part by positive reactions to the new U.S. president. Still, a new Pew Global Attitudes Project survey finds that the Muslim world remains largely immune to Obamamania.
Health Care Tops Interest
The debate over health care reform has become the public’s top story. The Gate’s controversy draws more interest than other recent stories about race.
Obama’s Ratings Slide Across the Board
Support for Obama’s job performance — as well as his handling of health care, the economy and deficit–has fallen, but most remain confident his policies will be positive in the long term. The public supports many of his health care goals but opposes many proposals being debated in Congress.
Bloggers Seize on Obama’s Slipping Poll Numbers
At the six-month point of Barack Obama’s term, conservative bloggers drove a discussion of what they saw as Obama struggling politically, perhaps for the first time in his presidency. Dr. Who’s new costume and a library book fight topped the Gate’s story in online attention-getting.
Feeling drowsy? You’re not alone. On a typical day, a third of the adults (34%) in the United States take a nap.
Your Other Tube: Audience for Video-Sharing Sites Soars
The number of online adults who say they have visited an online-video site has nearly doubled since 2006, and outpaces other online pastimes such as social networking, downloading podcasts and tweeting. Watching video on sites such as YouTube is near-universal among young adults.
Political Fight is Good Media Medicine
As health care reform evolved from a discussion of policy minutiae to a political fight media coverage soared, especially in debate-driven radio and cable news. Still, it couldn’t compete with a story about race later in the week.