Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
About One-in-Six Americans Are Baptist
A graphical representation of America’s denominational distribution.
Iran’s Revolutionary Coverage
A substantial amount of mainstream press coverage of Iran discussed the impact of social media.
Political Extremism (at Home and Abroad) Dominates the Blogosphere
Two events in the last week triggered an online debate about political extremism—one in Europe and one in Washington D.C. And the most-viewed news video on YouTube was the start of a feud between David Letterman and Sarah Palin.
Public More Optimistic About the Economy, But Still Reluctant to Spend
Increasingly, Americans express the view that the nation’s economy will improve in the next year, and a growing number also expect their personal finances to get better. But this has not caused people to open their wallets.
Obama’s High Ratings Hold Despite Some Policy Concerns
A solid majority of Americans continue to approve of Barack Obama’s job performance, although they express mixed views of several of his policies. Only about one-in-five Americans (21%) say the U.S. is less safe from terrorism under the Obama administration than under the Bush administration
Home Broadband Adoption 2009
Strong growth among senior citizens and rural residents has pushed the number of Americans with high-speed internet connections to 63%, up from 55% in 2008. But African Americans experienced their second consecutive year of below-average broadband adoption growth.
Cockeyed Optimists or Self-Fulfilling Prophets?
Even while their personal worries have deepened, Americans have been feeling more upbeat about the national economy’s prospects and less concerned about rising inequality. What underlies this trend and can it be sustained?
Job Situation is Bad News
While Americans say they are hearing more of a mix of good and bad news about prices, financial markets and real estate, news about jobs is seen as overwhelmingly bad.
Vote Uncovers Forgotten Story: Iran
Until last week, Iran had attracted less than half the media attention devoted to the threat posed by teenage Somali pirates this year.
The State of Music Online: Ten Years after Napster
While Napster morphed from its lawless larval stage to a dues-paying music service, consumers have had their pick of surviving free, peer-to-peer applications. And while the music industry has been on the front lines of the battle to convert freeloaders into paying customers, their efforts have been watched closely by other digitized industries.