Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Religious Landscape Survey Data Release
Data files from the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, including interviews with a representative sample of more than 35,000 U.S. adults, are now available to the public for further study and analysis.
Public Divided Over Afghan Troop Requests, But Still Sees Rationale for War
As Obama weighs difficult choices in Afghanistan, the public also appears to be finding it difficult to judge the merits of different options for expanding, maintaining or contracting the U.S. effort on that front.
Swine Flu Interest Outpaces Coverage
The public’s impression of economic news remains mixed at best, with 68% hearing “mostly bad news” about jobs.
Bloggers Express Outrage Over Assault
Many commentators put as much blamed the bystanders to the crime, and American society and culture, as those who actively participated.
The Paradoxical Relationship of Religion and Science
While most embrace science and its benefits, strong religious convictions can affect some Americans’ willingness to accept certain theories and discoveries. A new report examines the history of science and religion, the debates about them and how the two have been both adversaries and allies.
Social Isolation and New Technology
A new study challenges previous research and commonplace fears about the harmful social impact of internet and cell phone use.
Not Much New News
For the fourth week in a row, health care, Afghanistan and the economic crisis accounted for roughly 40% of the newshole.
End of Communism Cheered But Now With More Reservations
Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, publics of former Iron Curtain countries generally look back approvingly at the collapse of communism. However, enthusiasm about these changes has dimmed in most of the countries surveyed, and many say that most people were better off under communism.
Partisanship and Cable News Audiences
In recent years, Republican viewers have migrated increasingly to Fox News but Democrats comprise a larger share of the Fox News audience than Republicans do of CNN’s audience.
College Enrollment Hits All-Time High, Fueled by Community College Surge
Driven by a recession-era surge in enrollments at community college, the number of Americans ages 18 to 24 attending college hits a new high, while the high school dropout rate falls to a record low.