U.S. Politics Oct. 4, 2010

Most See Washington Dominated By Partisan Conflict

One month before the midterm elections, Americans offer harsh judgments on Republicans and Democrats in Washington with roughly three-quarters saying partisans have been bickering more than usual and approval ratings for leaders of both parties in Congress matching long-time lows.

Pew Research Center Sep. 30, 2010

Why should we care what people think when so many are so dumb?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

Media & News Sep. 30, 2010

Bloggers War over ’Obama’s Wars’

Many bloggers seized on a passage from Woodward’s book to argue that the president is indifferent to whether America is attacked by terrorists again.

Internet & Tech Sep. 29, 2010

Attention Shoppers: Online Product Research

Nearly six-in-ten adults have done research online about the products and services they buy, and about a quarter have posted comments or reviews online about the things they buy.

U.S. Politics Sep. 29, 2010

Elections: High Coverage, Low Public Interest

While most Americans have heard at least a little about a possible GOP takeover of the House, few have heard a lot about the GOP’s “Pledge” or Stewart and Colbert’s rallies in Washington.

Religion Sep. 28, 2010

U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey

Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups on a new survey of religious knowledge, outperforming evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics on questions about the core teachings, history and leading figures of major world religions.

Media & News Sep. 28, 2010

Midterms Already Edging Out the Economy on Media Agenda

The midterms dominated the news agenda for the second week in a row. The elections have been the top story for the last two months (edging out the economy), and attention will only grow as November nears.

U.S. Politics Sep. 27, 2010

Obama Viewed as Doing Better than GOP Leaders in Explaining Vision

With just over a month to go before the midterm elections, the latest Congressional Connection poll finds that the public by a wide margin says Barack Obama has done a better job than Republican congressional leaders in explaining his plans and vision for the country.

Pew Research Center Sep. 27, 2010

What do you mean by “continental U.S.”?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

U.S. Politics Sep. 27, 2010

A Static America: A Contrarian View of Current U.S. Public Opinion Trends

With predictions of a wave of Republican victories come the November elections, there has been talk of a sea change in American politics. While acknowledging that changes in political and economic conditions can produce substantial shifts in the partisan makeup of governments at all levels, the author, a long time Pew Research consultant, argues that such transformations are rarely the product of major shifts in basic American values.