Internet & Tech Jul. 26, 2011

71% of Online Adults Now Use Video-Sharing Sites

Rural internet users are now just as likely as users in urban and suburban areas to have used video-sharing sites, and online African-Americans and Hispanics are more likely than internet-using whites to visit video-sharing sites.

U.S. Politics Jul. 26, 2011

Public Wants Debt Ceiling Compromise, Expects a Deal Before Deadline

The public overwhelmingly favors a compromise in the debt ceiling standoff, with 68% saying they want lawmakers to agree to a deal even if they disagree with it. Republicans overall favor a compromise by a small majority, but those who identify with the tea party movement say their representatives should stick to their principles.

U.S. Politics Jul. 22, 2011

GOP Makes Big Gains Among White Voters

As the country enters into the 2012 presidential election cycle, the electorate’s partisan affiliations have shifted significantly since Obama won office nearly three years ago. Notably, the GOP gains have occurred only among white voters.

Media & News Jul. 22, 2011

Hacking Scandal Tops Twitter for a Second Week

Nearly a fifth of the news links on Twitter were about the phone hacking scandal, making it the top story on that platform, although accounting for far less than the 53% of links the previous week. The new Google+ social networking site was the second most-discussed story.

Global Jul. 21, 2011

Muslim-Western Tensions Persist

Muslim and Western publics continue to see relations between them as generally bad, but there has been somewhat of a thaw in the views of the U.S. and Europe about the Muslim world.

Media & News Jul. 19, 2011

A Washington Standoff and a London Scandal Lead the News

The continuing drama over the debt standoff in Washington last week drove coverage of the economy to its second highest mark in 2011, eclipsing covering of the presidential campaign. Press attention to the scandal surrounding Ruper Murdoch’s media empire doubled in the past week.

U.S. Politics Jul. 19, 2011

Debt Limit Fight Tops News Interest, Coverage

An overwhelming majority of Americans agree that the debate over the nation’s debt limit is important to people like themselves (90%), while nearly seven-in-ten (68%) say it is interesting.

Media & News Jul. 18, 2011

Assessing a New Landscape in Journalism

Institutions and funders have been moving to fill the gap being left by shrinking newsrooms by backing non-profit news sites. Roughly half of these sites produce news that is clearly ideological in nature.

U.S. Politics Jul. 18, 2011

Public Split Evenly on Urgency of Debt Limit Deadline

Most Republicans say that it will not be a major problem if the debt ceiling is not raised by Aug. 2, while the balance of opinion is the reverse among Democrats.

U.S. Politics Jul. 18, 2011

Obama Draws More Confidence than Boehner, McConnell or Cantor on Debt Ceiling

Americans have more confidence in President Obama than other key players to do the right thing on the debt issue, but that amounts to only about half of the public. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor gets the lowest vote of confidence, although that is partly because he is less well-known.