Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Obama Job Approval Edges Up, GOP Contest Remains Fluid
President Barack Obama’s job rating has improved modestly over the past month, although few Americans approve of the way he is handling the economy. In addition, a majority of Americans continue to hold a favorable personal opinion of Obama. This is not the case for his main GOP rivals, whom he mostly bests in test election measures.
Religion and Politics: Profiles of the 2012 President Candidates and Their Beliefs
Profiles of the religious backgrounds and beliefs of the 2012 presidential candidates.
Why Americans Use Social Media
The top reason cited by adults for using social media is to maintain connections with family and friends. Social media users also say these platforms help connect them to old friends with whom they’ve lost touch.
How Mainstream Media Outlets Use Twitter
A new study of the practices of 13 major news organizations by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs reveals that these news organizations use Twitter in limited ways-primarily as an added means to disseminate their own material.
Partisan Divide Over Alternative Energy Widens
Public support for increased federal funding on research into alternative energy technology, including solar technology, has decreased substantially since the early months of the Obama administration, with nearly all the decline coming from Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.
Cain’s Bad Stretch–A Campaign Coverage Update
While his support continued to hold in the polls, businessman and GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain was the focus of a much tougher narrative in the news media last week, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.
Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network Sites
A comprehensive study finds that almost seven-in-ten American teens who use social networking sites say that people their age are mostly kind to one another on the sites; another 20% say that they are mostly unkind. Most teens say they have witnessed other people being mean or cruel to each other on the sites.
For Many Injured Veterans, A Lifetime of Consequences
For many of the 2.2 million wounded American veterans, the physical and emotional consequences of their wounds have endured long after they left the military.
Hispanic Poverty Rate Highest In New Supplemental Census Measure
Hispanics have the highest poverty rate of the nation’s largest racial and ethnic groups under an alternative Census Bureau calculation known as the Supplemental Poverty Measure. The alternative measure is intended to better reflect the costs of basic living expenses as well as the resources people have to pay them.
39% Think Cain Allegations True, 24% False
Americans who have heard about the sexual harassment allegations against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, on balance, think they are true rather than false. At the same time, a plurality thinks that recent coverage of Cain has been fair.