Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
“One Small Step” No Longer Seen as Such a Giant Leap for America
Four decades after the first American astronauts walked on the moon, that historic accomplishment has lost some prominence in the eyes of the public. Gen Y is especially spaced out.
Too Much Jackson? Not at the Water Cooler
While many Americans may say he has received too much coverage, Michael remained by far the most talked about news story. Also, on Palin, press bias lies in the eye of the partisan beholder.
Media Won’t Quit on Palin, Jackson
With the assistance of plenty of media self-examination, two polarizing celebrities drove the news agenda.
A Profile of Puerto Ricans
The nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, born in the Bronx to Puerto Rican parents, has focused attention on the second-largest population of Hispanics living in the United States. Here’s a look at the demographics of this group.
Public Praises Science; Scientists Fault Public, Media
A new survey of scientists and the public finds large majorities holding positive views of science. But scientists are concerned about Americans’ ignorance of scientific findings and large differences exist between the two groups’ views on evolution and global warming. Still, overwhelming percentages in both groups think that government investments in science and technology pay off in the long run.
Beat It: Jackson Out of Blogosphere
Unlike the traditional press, social media moved beyond Michael Jackson last week.
Accurately Locating Where Wireless Respondents Live Requires More Than A Phone Number
The mobile nature of wireless phones creates a significant problem for geographic sampling.This problem is exacerbated by the fact that the wireless-only are more geographically mobile than those with landline phones.
Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough
While wars and political battles raged on, Jackson — driven by TV coverage — continued to lead the media agenda.
Wilted Green Shoots
The number of Americans hearing mostly negative economic news has been steadily rising since May, especially among independents.
King of Pop Remains on Top
Though Jackson was most watched, many still had time to hear plenty about Mark Sanford’s “love story.”