U.S. Politics Aug. 19, 2010

Growing Number of Americans Say Obama is a Muslim

A substantial and growing number of Americans say that Barack Obama is a Muslim, while the proportion saying he is a Christian has declined.

Aug. 19, 2010

The Fading Glory of the Television and Telephone

The TV and the landline phone are both losing their cachet in the digital age, as fewer consider them necessities. But while phones are being dumped, Americans are stocking up on ever more television sets — especially the big flat ones

U.S. Politics Aug. 19, 2010

Many Say Coverage of the Poor and Minorities Is Too Negative

Pluralities say that coverage of poor people and Muslims is too negative, while somewhat smaller percentages say the same about coverage of blacks and Hispanics. About a third say that coverage of wealthy people is too positive — the highest percentage for any group tested.

Media & News Aug. 19, 2010

Blogs Not Neutral on Google

Bloggers roundly criticized Google for seemingly softening its support of network neutrality — the concept of treating all internet traffic equally across a network.

Religion Aug. 18, 2010

Growing Number of Americans Say Obama is a Muslim

More than a year into his presidency, 18% of Americans say that Barack Obama is a Muslim. A plurality say they do not know what religion he follows. The view that president is a Muslim is highest among his political opponents. Yet the public also generally says Obama handles his religious beliefs appropriately.

Media & News Aug. 17, 2010

Campaign Coverage Heats Up

The midterm elections led the news last week. For the first time since the crisis began in late April the Gulf oil spill was not among the top three topics reported on in the media.

Global Aug. 12, 2010

Mexicans Continue Support for Drug War

As their country struggles with ongoing economic challenges and drug violence, Mexicans are unhappy with national conditions. Roughly eight-in-ten (79%) are dissatisfied with the way things are going in their country and 75% say the economy is in bad shape.

Global Aug. 12, 2010

Mexicans Continue Support for Drug War

Mexicans overwhelmingly continue to endorse President Calderón’s campaign against the drug cartels and most — though somewhat fewer than a year ago — see progress in the drug war. But opposition to direct U.S. involvement has increased, and Mexican views of the U.S. generally turned negative following passage of the recent Arizona immigration law.

Media & News Aug. 12, 2010

Bloggers Applaud Gay Marriage Victory

More than a quarter of the news links on blogs were about the Proposition 8 decision. The commentary was overwhelmingly positive.

Internet & Tech Aug. 11, 2010

Broadband 2010: A Big Slowdown

Broadband adoption slowed dramatically in 2010 across a range of demographic groups with African Americans a major exception. But 53% of Americans don’t place a high priority on government efforts to spread high-speed access.