Internet & Tech Nov. 16, 2009

Teens and Distracted Driving

A new study finds that 43% of older American teens have talked on their cell phones and a quarter have sent text messages while driving; nearly half of all teenagers have been in a car whose driver was texting.

Religion Nov. 16, 2009

Faith-Based Programs Still Popular

Faith-based initiatives remain popular eight years after President Bush unveiled his plan, but church-state concerns remain and not all religions garner high support for receiving funds. Also, 9% of Americans say they recently have turned to religious groups to help make ends meet.

Religion Nov. 13, 2009

A Conversation with Pastor Rick Warren

The author of The Purpose Driven Life describes the worldwide spread of evangelicalism and the particular agenda driving his church’s role in that movement.

Media & News Nov. 12, 2009

Fort Hood: The Online Conversation

The shooting highlighted the emerging role of social media — particularly Twitter — in producing instantaneous accounts of breaking news events.

Pew Research Center Nov. 12, 2009

Battle of the Budget Bulge

Americans are famous both for being weight conscious, and at the same time unable to come to terms successfully with their bloated waistlines. The same paradox has applied to how the public looks at budget deficits for a very long time.

Global Nov. 12, 2009

Obama Popular in Japan, China and South Korea

As President Obama embarks on his first trip to Asia he will be greeted by publics who are confident in his judgment regarding world affairs and who generally agree with his international policies.

U.S. Politics Nov. 11, 2009

A Year Out, Widespread Anti-Incumbent Sentiment

The mood of America is glum. Most are dissatisfied with the state of the nation, economic conditions, personal finances and an increasing number say the war in Afghanistan is not going well. Still, a majority continues to approve of Obama’s job as president.

U.S. Politics Nov. 11, 2009

Shootings Seize Public’s Attention

Public attention to the Fort Hood shootings is on par with the tragedy in Virginia Tech. Despite media coverage, election results don’t generate much interest.

Global Nov. 11, 2009

Americans and Western Europeans Agree on Afghanistan-Pakistan Extremist Threat

While both Americans and Western Europeans generally believe the “Af-Pak” region potentially poses significant threats to national security, they do not share a common view about the deployment of military forces in Afghanistan.

Media & News Nov. 10, 2009

Shooting Shakes Up Media Stories

The Fort Hood attack was primarily a television story, with some cable news shows quickly turning the shootings into a kind of wedge issue.