Media & News Jul. 2, 2009

Deaths of Michael Jackson and “Neda” Grip the Blogosphere

In life, Michael Jackson and Neda Agha-Soltan had little in common. But together their deaths consumed the blogosphere and became emblematic of the flow and character of modern communication.

Hispanic Jul. 2, 2009

Recession Slows — but Does Not Reverse — Mexican Immigration

The flow of immigrants from Mexico to the U.S. has declined sharply since mid-decade, but there is no apparent increase in the number of Mexican-born migrants returning home.

U.S. Politics Jul. 1, 2009

Too Much Michael?

The public closely tracked the sudden death of pop superstar Michael Jackson last week, though nearly two-in-three Americans say news organizations gave the story too much coverage.

Media & News Jun. 30, 2009

From Protests to Pop

The media swung their attention from the protests in Iran to the death of Michael Jackson with stops at Gov. Sanford and Farah Fawcett along the way.

Jun. 29, 2009

Growing Old in America: Expectations vs. Reality

Getting old isn’t nearly as bad as people think it will be. Nor is it quite as good. A new Pew Research social trends survey finds a sizeable gap between expectations and actual experiences.

U.S. Politics Jun. 25, 2009

Perils of Polling in Election ’08

Despite such challenges as a growing wireless-only population, possible racially-related response bias and greater-than-usual difficulties in forecasting turnout, polllsters’ methods were evidently adequate to the task.

Media & News Jun. 25, 2009

140 Characters of Protest

The unrest in Iran has demonstrated as never before the power and influence of social media.

U.S. Politics Jun. 24, 2009

Who’s Your Favorite Republican?

While Sarah Palin is a GOP favorite, it is Mitt Romney who now enjoys a positive balance of opinion among the general public. Newt Gingrich remains a divisive figure and Michale Steele is still mostly unknown.

U.S. Politics Jun. 24, 2009

Pollwatch: Comparing the Polls on Spending and the Deficit

How the question is phrased has a clear impact on whether the public rates deficit reduction or stimulus spending more important.

U.S. Politics Jun. 24, 2009

Iran’s Interesting… For a Foreign Story

The share of the public following the situation in Iran ranks near the top of recent international stories, excluding those directly involving the U.S., rivaling interest in the economy.