U.S. Politics Sep. 24, 2012

Fewer Satisfied with Candidates than in Any Campaign Since 1992

Voters offer tepid ratings of the 2012 field. Just over half (54%) say they are either very or fairly satisfied with the presidential choices this year, while 40% say they are not too or not at all satisfied.

Sep. 20, 2012

Where the Public Stands on Government Assistance, Taxes and the Presidential Candidates

When the national conversation focuses on class, the social safety net and the distribution of wealth as it has in the past week, the public sees clear differences between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and Obama has an overall advantage.

Religion Sep. 20, 2012

Rising Tide of Restrictions on Religion

Three-quarters of the world’s approximately 7 billion people now live in countries with high government restrictions on religion or high social hostilities involving religion, up from 70% a year earlier.

U.S. Politics Sep. 19, 2012

Obama Ahead with Stronger Support, Better Image and Lead on Most Issues

With an eight-point lead over Mitt Romney among likely voters, Barack Obama holds a bigger September lead than the last three candidates who went on to win in November, including Obama four years ago. In elections since 1988, only Bill Clinton, in 1992 and 1996, entered the fall with a larger advantage.

Hispanic Sep. 19, 2012

Almost Half of U.S. Hispanic Population Lives in 10 Metropolitan Areas

The Los Angeles metropolitan area has the nation’s largest Hispanic population followed by the New York metropolitan area. California and Texas are home to six of the 10 largest Hispanic metropolitan populations.

Global Sep. 18, 2012

U.S. Public, Experts Differ on China Policies

Despite generally positive assessments of U.S.-China relations, tthe U.S. public is more concerned than experts about China’s growing economic strength. About half say the Asian nation’s emergence as a world power poses a major threat to America.

U.S. Politics Sep. 17, 2012

Middle East Turmoil Closely Followed; Romney’s Comments Viewed Negatively

About four-in-ten Americans (43%) have followed news about the attacks on U.S. embassies in the Middle East and the killing of an American ambassador very closely. Those following have much more positive opinions about Barack Obama’s handling of the situation than Mitt Romney’s comments on the crisis.

U.S. Politics Sep. 17, 2012

What is the Value of a ’Generic” Candidate or Ballot in Polls?

Pollsters sometimes match a “generic” Republican or Democratic candidate against an incumbent, or use a generic ballot to forecast which party is ahead in congressional elections. How to read these polls.

U.S. Politics Sep. 17, 2012

Dividing People into ’Liberals,’ ’Moderates’ and ’Conservatives’ – Too Simplistic?

Assessing the value of using the labels “moderate,” “liberal” and “conservative” to describe the electorate.

Internet & Tech Sep. 13, 2012

Photos and Videos are Key Social Currency Online

Fully 46% of internet users post original photos and videos online and 41% curate photos and videos on image-sharing sites. Women are more likely than men to use Pinterest, while Instagram and Tumblr attract equal shares of men and women.