Media & News Sep. 16, 2010

Blogs Talk Iraq, Rugs

One-quarter of the news links on blogs were about the war in Iraq. Nearly as many bloggers focused their attention on the new rug in the Oval Office.

Sep. 15, 2010

Walking Away

Nearly six-in-ten Americans say it is “unacceptable” for homeowners to stop making their mortgage payments, but more than a third say the practice of “walking away” from a home mortgage is acceptable under certain circumstances. Homeowners whose home values declined during the recession and those who have spent time unemployed are more likely to say that “walking away” from a mortgage is acceptable.

U.S. Politics Sep. 15, 2010

Public Focused on Tensions over Islam

As the nation marked the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks last week, many in the public and the media focused more on current tensions over Islam in America.

Religion Sep. 15, 2010

Muslim Networks and Movements in Western Europe

The Muslim population in Western Europe has grown from less than 10 million in 1990 to approximately 17 million. A new report profiles some of the oldest, largest and most influential religious networks and movements affecting Islamic relations in Europe.

U.S. Politics Sep. 14, 2010

Mixed Views of GOP Proposals on Entitlements

While a majority of Americans favors allowing changes to Social Security, there is very little support for replacing Medicare with a voucher system. Also, the public continues to see no clear leader atop the GOP.

Internet & Tech Sep. 14, 2010

Rise of the ’Apps Culture’

While cell phone apps are popular among a segment of the adult cell phone using population, a notable number of cell owners are not yet a part of the emerging apps culture. But those who do download and use apps do so fairly frequently. Popular apps include entertainment (games, music, etc.) as well as those that provide information (maps, weather).

Media & News Sep. 14, 2010

Anti-Muslim Sentiment Makes News

Coverage of a pastor’s plans to burn the Koran and the controversy over the planned Islamic center completely overshadowed coverage of Sept. 11 commemorations.

Media & News Sep. 12, 2010

A New Phase in Our Digital Lives

Some people describe it as The End of the Internet, though that is probably a misnomer. Others, at the risk of cliché, might call it News 3.0.

U.S. Politics Sep. 12, 2010

Americans Spending More Time Following the News

Americans are increasingly integrating new technologies into their news consumption habits. As a result, the average time spent with the news is as high as it was in the mid-1990s.

Media & News Sep. 9, 2010

Bloggers Debate Growth of Government

Almost a third of the news links on blogs were to an article reporting that one-in-six Americans are on government assistance programs like Medicare.