Dec. 20, 2010

Baby Boomers Approach Age 65 — Glumly

Perched on the front stoop of old age, Baby Boomers are more downbeat than other age groups about the trajectory of their own lives and about the direction of the nation as a whole.

Dec. 20, 2010

Census 2010: Apportionment Basics

The first numbers from the 2010 Census are the state population totals, the basis of the proportional division of seats in the House of Representatives since the nation’s early days. The number of House seats has been fixed at 435 since 1913, but there have been numerous tweaks in the methodology used to divide them up — and debate continues today.

Dec. 17, 2010

Cell Phone Challenge for the Census

A newly released General Accounting Office review of Census Bureau follow-up efforts to reduce errors in the 2010 Census raises an issuefamiliar to survey researchers: How to reach the growing share of Americans who only have cell phones and not landlines.

Internet & Tech Dec. 16, 2010

Generations Online in 2010

Even in online pursuits still dominated by Millennials — such as social networking use — older generations are making notable gains.

Media & News Dec. 16, 2010

Splitting Blogs Over Tax Policy

Liberal bloggers split over the tax deal, while conservative commentators mostly applauded the agreement but gave little praise to Obama.

Religion Dec. 16, 2010

American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us

America is unusual among countries in that it is at once religiously devout, religiously diverse and religiously tolerant. The co-author of a book on the subject discusses ways in which religion divides American society but also other ways in which it is united by religion, or at the very least, in spite of religious differences.

U.S. Politics Dec. 15, 2010

For the Public, a Tough Year Ends on a Down Note

Consistent with the mood of the nation all year, 2010 is closing on a down note — but not as low as in December 2008. Fully 72% are dissatisfied with national conditions, 89% rate national economic conditions as only fair or poor, and majorities or pluralities think the country is losing ground on nine of 12 major issues.

Global Dec. 15, 2010

Global Publics Embrace Social Networking

Although still a relatively young technology, social networking is already a global phenomenon. A 22-nation survey finds that in regions around the world, people who use the internet are using it for social networking. Cell phone ownership and computer usage are also increasingly popular across the globe.

Media & News Dec. 14, 2010

Media Weigh Tax Deal

News coverage was dominated last week by the tax deal between Obama and congressional Republicans. The tax debate accounted for a whopping 77% of the airtime studied on the cable and radio talk shows.

U.S. Politics Dec. 14, 2010

Public Closely Tracks Tax Deal News

The debate over taxes and the economy grabbed the public’s attention more than most Washington policy discussions. Republicans are more likely than Democrats or independents to say they followed news closely.