Media & News Aug. 31, 2010

Politics Tops Media Agenda, Again

The midterm elections led the week’s news for the second time in three weeks.

Internet & Tech Aug. 27, 2010

Older Adults and Social Media

The number of older adults on Facebook and other social networking sites has roughly doubled in the past year. About half of internet users ages 50-64 and one-in-four users ages 65 and older now log onto social networks.

Global Aug. 27, 2010

Obama’s Middle East Problem

While global publics largely take a positive view of the president’s leadership and foreign policy, he receives his lowest marks on dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — and his ratings on this issue are especially negative in the Arab nations of the Middle East.

Media & News Aug. 26, 2010

Blogs Debate New York Mosque

Debate over the mosque controversy raged online again, but in contrast to last week, bloggers in support of the Islamic center lead the discussion.

U.S. Politics Aug. 26, 2010

Five Years After Hurricane Katrina

Most Americans say that the nation is no better prepared for hurricanes and other natural disasters than it was in 2005. However, the public does see progress in rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf region.

Media & News Aug. 25, 2010

How the Media Covered the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

The disaster in the Gulf dominated the news for the 100 days following the initial rig explosion. A media analysis finds the mainstream press spent considerable time reporting from the region and humanizing the crisis.

U.S. Politics Aug. 25, 2010

New York Islamic Center Debate Tops Coverage, But Not News Interest

More than four-in-ten Republicans (44%) say they followed news about the mosque debate very closely, compared with 28% each of Democrats and independents.

U.S. Politics Aug. 24, 2010

Public Remains Conflicted Over Islam

The public continues to express conflicted views of Islam.

Media & News Aug. 24, 2010

Islamic Center Tops Media Agenda

The controversy over a New York Islamic center dominated ideologically driven talk shows on both cable TV and radio — but registered barely a blip in mainstream newspapers.

Religion Aug. 24, 2010

Public Remains Conflicted Over Islam

Favorable views of Islam have declined since 2005, but a plurality still says Islam does not encourage violence more than other religions. More Americans agree with those who object to the building of the center in New York, but a majority also say that Muslims should have the same rights as other religious groups to build houses of worship.