Media & News May. 12, 2011

Social Media React to bin Laden’s Death

The killing of Osama bin Laden accounted for 80% of the news links on blogs and fully half of the news links on Twitter last week.

Pew Research Center May. 11, 2011

Ask the Expert (cont’d)

Senior research staff answers 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. 11, 2011

Death of bin Laden: More Coverage than Interest

While the bin Laden’s death attracted a near-record amount of news coverage, public interest has been comparatively modest. In fact, four-in-ten say the story has received too much media attention.

U.S. Politics May. 11, 2011

Bush Lost Battle Over the Surplus, But Won Tax Cut War

Ten years ago this month Congress approved President Bush’ first round of tax cuts. A look back at polling history examines what the public thought the cuts, the deficit and the economy a decade ago.

Media & News May. 10, 2011

Osama bin Laden’s Death Dominates the News

The death of Osama bin Laden drove unprecedented amounts of coverage last week. On cable alone, the story accounted for a staggering 90% of the airtime studied.

Media & News May. 9, 2011

Navigating News Online

There is not one group of news consumers online but several, each of which behaves differently. These differences call for news organizations to develop separate strategies to serve and make money from each audience.

U.S. Politics May. 9, 2011

Obama Bump Recedes a Bit

Barack Obama’s job approval rating has fallen slightly since the day after Osama bin Laden’s death was announced. But the balance of opinion regarding Obama’s job performance remains more positive than it was in early April. There also continues to be more optimism about the U.S. achieving its goals in Afghanistan than there was prior to bin Laden’s killing.

U.S. Politics May. 6, 2011

Why Are Gas Prices Rising?

As gas prices soar, many Americans pin the blame on greed or a push for higher profits among oil companies, speculators and oil-producing nations.

Media & News May. 5, 2011

How the Media Have Covered bin Laden’s Death So Far

Contrary to what happens with most major national news events, the discussion of the death of Osama bin Laden in the mainstream and new media has not shifted quickly to political winners and losers. An analysis of hundreds of thousands of stories and millions of social media postings finds the discussion has remained focused on the facts of what happened.

U.S. Politics May. 4, 2011

Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology

Political attitudes have become more doctrinaire at both ends of the ideological spectrum. Yet at the same time, the growing center of the political spectrum is increasingly diverse. As an in-depth guide to the political landscape, the 2011 Political Typology sorts Americans into cohesive groups based on their values, political beliefs and party affiliation.