Media & News Jul. 7, 2011

Blogs and Twitter Focus on Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign announcement created a major buzz in social media last. Most of the commentary was highly critical.

Jul. 6, 2011

In Two Years of Economic Recovery, Women Lost Jobs, Men Found Them

During the sluggish two-year recovery from the Great Recession, men have gained 768,000 jobs while women have lost 218,000 jobs. This new gender gap in employment trends represents a sharp turnabout from the recession itself, when men lost more than twice as many jobs as women. The current recovery is the first since 1970 in which women have lost jobs while men have gained them.

Media & News Jul. 6, 2011

Obama and Bachmann Drive Economic and Election Coverage

The partisan differences stalling deficit reduction talks was the top story for the second week in a row, and coverage of the presidential race ranked second, fueled largely by the entry of Michele Bachmann into the race.

U.S. Politics Jul. 5, 2011

Majority Sees U.S. Leadership in Space as Essential

Fifty years after the first American manned space flight, nearly six-in-ten say it is essential that the U.S. continue to be a world leader in space exploration and a majority say it has been a good investment for the country.

U.S. Politics Jul. 5, 2011

Are Republicans Ready Now for a Mormon President?

An important group within the Republican base, white evangelical Protestants, is more uncomfortable with the idea of a Mormon candidate than are other Republicans.

Media & News Jul. 2, 2011

For a Second Straight Week, It’s the Debt Crisis and Tabloid Scandal

Two stories that have become fixtures in the headlines — the deadlocked debt debate and the intensifying News of the World phone hacking scandal — accounted for more than half of last week’s newshole, relegating other significant events to secondary status in the media.

Media & News Jun. 30, 2011

By Nearly 3-To-1, Bloggers Criticize Obama’s Withdrawal Plan For Afghanistan

Bloggers, last week, responded strongly to President Obama’s June 22 speech about the U.S. role in the Afghan war, and, while half were neutral, negative comments outnumbered positive by a margin of almost 3-to-1.

U.S. Politics Jun. 30, 2011

U.S. Seen as Among the Greatest Nations, But Not Superior to All Others

Despite the struggling economy and broad dissatisfaction with national conditions, the public has a positive view of the United States’ global standing. But more think that the U.S. is one of the greatest countries in the world than say it stands above all other countries.

U.S. Politics Jun. 29, 2011

Economy, Afghanistan Top News Interest, Coverage

Americans focused most closely last week on news about the nation’s struggling economy and President Obama’s plans to draw down U.S. troops in Afghanistan, two stories that also topped news coverage last week.

U.S. Politics Jun. 29, 2011

Four Years After Walter Reed, Government Still Faulted for Troop Support

As President Obama begins to draw down U.S. forces in Afghanistan, most Americans continue to say that government support for troops returning from war is falling short.