Oct. 15, 2009

The States of Marriage and Divorce

Marriage, divorce and remarriage rates vary significantly among states as do average education and income levels. Analysis of new Census data reveals some interesting patterns.

U.S. Politics Oct. 15, 2009

Swine Flu News Gets a Shot in the Arm

Republicans are more likely than Democrats to say the media are overstating the danger of the swine flu and that they would not get vaccinated.

Hispanic Oct. 15, 2009

Updated Demographic Profiles of U.S. Hispanics by Country of Origin

Five demographic profiles of Hispanic populations in the U.S. by country of origin — Guatemalan, Colombian, Honduran, Ecuadorian and Peruvian — have been added to the profiles of the five largest Hispanic populations — Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Salvadoran, and Dominican — posted earlier in the year by the Pew Hispanic Center.

Media & News Oct. 15, 2009

Email, Nobel and Dave

News of an email scam that compromised thousands of passwords animated the blogosphere until late in the week, when the focus shifted abruptly to Barack Obama’s surprising Nobel Peace Prize. On YouTube, a Letterman mea culpa drew the most hits.

Media & News Oct. 14, 2009

Afghanistan No Longer a Forgotten War

After years of being ignored by the media — the war accounted for only 1% of the newshole in 2008 — Afghanistan has emerged atop the news agenda.

U.S. Politics Oct. 14, 2009

What Does the Public Know?

There is a lot to keep up with in the news right now. Many Americans know key facts about health care and the economy, but questions about Afghanistan and environmental legislation in Congress stump the public.

U.S. Politics Oct. 14, 2009

But What Do the Polls Show?

Perhaps the best way to think about public opinion and its relationship to politics and policymaking is that the American public is typically short on facts, but often long on judgment.

U.S. Politics Oct. 9, 2009

Most Still Oppose Gay Marriage, but Support for Civil Unions Continues to Rise

A 57% majority of Americans support civil unions, continuing a long-term trend of increasing support, but a majority still opposes same-sex marriage. The issue continues to sharply divide religious and political groups.

U.S. Politics Oct. 9, 2009

Obama’s Nobel Prize

News that President Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize is another sign of his international appeal, as his election effectively turned around America’s negative image in many countries.

Religion Oct. 8, 2009

Health Care: Politics in the Pews

Many religious organizations have taken on the look of political campaigns, as advocates for and against health care reform preach their politics.