U.S. Politics Dec. 16, 2009

Health Reform Still Hard to Understand

Despite being the public’s top story, most Americans are still confused by the health care debate.

U.S. Politics Dec. 16, 2009

At Year’s End, Nation Remains Divided

As has been the case since October, roughly half the country approves of President Obama’s job. The nation is also divided on Afghanistan and health care. One rare point of agreement, though, is that the economy remains poor.

Media & News Dec. 15, 2009

Media Debate Climate Change

The press used “Climate-gate” and Copenhagen as sparks to question the science of global warming, giving the topic by far its most coverage since PEJ began tracking the news.

Internet & Tech Dec. 15, 2009

Teens and Sexting

Among cell-owning teenagers, 15% say they have received sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images of someone they know via text messaging.

Hispanic Dec. 11, 2009

Between Two Worlds: How Young Latinos Come of Age in America

Never before in this country’s history has a minority ethnic group made up so large a share of the youngest Americans.

Media & News Dec. 10, 2009

Minarets, Climate Controversies Online

Arguments over Switzerland’s banning the building of minarets and a continuing debate over climate change filled blogs last week.

Pew Research Center Dec. 10, 2009

The Millennials

Who are they? How are they different from –and similar to — their parents? How is their moment in history shaping them? And how might they, in turn, reshape America in the decades ahead?

U.S. Politics Dec. 10, 2009

Public Follows War, Talks Tiger

While far fewer say they followed news about the golfer than about the troop decision, as many people say they talked with friends about Tiger Woods’ troubles as about Afghanistan.

Religion Dec. 9, 2009

Many Americans Not Dogmatic About Religion

Numerous Americans attend worship services of more than one faith or denomination, and many also mix Christianity with Eastern or New Age beliefs such as reincarnation, astrology and the presence of spiritual energy in physical objects. Sizeable minorities of all major U.S. religious groups say they have experienced supernatural phenomena.

Religion Dec. 8, 2009

Religion, Race – and Obama

A religious scholar discusses the president-elect’s place in the nation’s historical tension between religion and politics and examines the role of black churches as well as the controversy surrounding the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.