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.

U.S. Politics Aug. 11, 2010

More Hearing Good News About Gulf Spill

Perceptions of news about the oil leak have become somewhat more positive, while views of economic news remain mixed. About one-in-five track news about the overturn of California’s gay marriage ban and the planned Islamic cultural center in New York.

Hispanic Aug. 11, 2010

Unauthorized Immigrants and Their U.S.-Born Children

Unauthorized immigrants comprise about 4% of the adult population, but their children make up a much larger share of both the newborn population (8%) and the overall child population (7% of those younger than age 18) in this country.

Media & News Aug. 10, 2010

Job Numbers Boost Economic Coverage

The jobs situation accounted for more than a third of all the economy-related news. Also, with little oil leaking, coverage of the Gulf reaches a low.

U.S. Politics Aug. 10, 2010

The Vote for Congress: GOP Fares Better with Whites, Men, Independents and Seniors

While voter preferences for the midterm elections remain closely divided, Republicans now enjoy advantages among typically loyal voting blocs that wavered in 2006 and are doing better with key swing groups. Americans who intend to vote GOP this fall are also far more engaged in the campaign this year.

Media & News Aug. 5, 2010

Journalism Jobs Harder to Find

A University of Georgia survey of recent journalism and mass communication graduates finds toughest job market in the 24-year history of the study. Minority graduates have had an especially difficult time finding work. In regards to being prepared for communications work, graduates give their schools mixed grades.

Media & News Aug. 5, 2010

Technology Concerns Dominate Twitter

Two consumer-related technology topics dominated on Twitter last week — privacy concerns on Facebook and user rights with Apple’s iPhone device.

Religion Aug. 4, 2010

Federal Court Strikes Down California Same-Sex Marriage Ban

A federal district court judge struck down California’s ban on gay marriage, ruling that the prohibition violates the U.S. Constitution. The decision, which is expected to be appealed, represents the first time a federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Constitution protects the right of same-sex couples to marry.

U.S. Politics Aug. 3, 2010

Mixed Public Reaction to WikiLeaks

About equal percentages say the release of classified documents about the war in Afghanistan harms the public interest as say it serves the public interest. Most say Chelsea Clinton’s wedding received too much attention from the press.

U.S. Politics Aug. 3, 2010

The Invisible Court

While legal scholars analyze Kagan’s possible impact on the “Roberts court,” most Americans have no idea who “Roberts” is. And as experts debate if the court has become more conservative, the public sees the court moving in the opposite direction.