Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
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.
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.
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.
Fort Hood: The Online Conversation
The shooting highlighted the emerging role of social media — particularly Twitter — in producing instantaneous accounts of breaking news events.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.