U.S. Politics May. 24, 2011

More Concern about Raising Debt Limit than Government Default

By a 48%-to-35% margin, Americans say their greater concern is that raising the debt limit would lead to higher government spending and a larger national debt than that not raising the limit would force the government into default and hurt the nation’s economy.

Media & News May. 19, 2011

Continued Debate Over Bin Laden’s Death and a Marriage in Tatters

Shriver-Schwarenegger split rivaled Osama bin Laden death for top attention in blogosphere.

U.S. Politics May. 18, 2011

Still Talking About bin Laden’s Death

While interest and coverage has waned, the bin Laden killing is by far the public’s most talked about news event. Also, the 2012 campaign continues to get only modest attention, but Newt Gingrich’s visibility has risen substantially.

Media & News May. 17, 2011

Bin Laden Coverage Changes Course

The death of Osama bin Laden news narrative transitioned from dissecting the raid to more controversial topics, such as politics and Pakistan.

Global May. 17, 2011

Arab Spring Fails to Improve U.S. Image

The rise of pro-democracy movements in the Middle East has not led to an improvement in America’s image in the region. Instead, in key Arab nations and in other predominantly Muslim countries, views of the U.S. remain negative, as they have been for nearly a decade. And, with the exception of Indonesia, Obama remains unpopular in the Muslim nations polled.

Pew Research Center May. 16, 2011

Why does my political party identification affect my political typology classification?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

U.S. Politics May. 16, 2011

When Private Lives Become Public

Generally, the issues matter most in voters’ judgments about presidential candidates, but personality, character and values are not far behind — and especially so in primary elections.

May. 15, 2011

Is College Worth It?

College costs are rising, student debt is mounting, and the public is skeptical about the value of a college degree, according to two new Pew Research Center surveys. Meantime, only 19% of college presidents say the U.S. system is the best in the world. But more than eight-in-ten college graduates say college was a good investment for them personally.

U.S. Politics May. 13, 2011

Most Say Homosexuality Should Be Accepted By Society

While the public is divided over same-sex marriage, a majority of Americans (58%) say that homosexuality should be accepted, rather than discouraged, by society. But there are wide political and religious differences in opinions on this measure.

Internet & Tech May. 12, 2011

The Social Life of Health Information, 2011

Eight-in-ten internet users have looked online for health information such as a specific disease or treatment, and an increasing number are sharing their own medical experiences and thoughts on the internet.