U.S. Politics Aug. 27, 2012

More Interest in GOP Platform than Romney’s Speech

As the Republican convention gets underway, more Americans express interest in learning about what’s in the GOP platform than in speeches by either Mitt Romney or his running mate, Paul Ryan.

Pew Research Center Aug. 23, 2012

How Does Pew Research Define the Middle Class?

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.

Media & News Aug. 23, 2012

The Master Character Narratives in Campaign 2012

The portrayal in the news media of the character and records of the two presidential contenders has been as negative as any campaign in recent times, and neither has enjoyed any advantage over the other. More of what the public hears about candidates also now comes from the campaigns themselves and less from journalists acting as independent reporters or interpreters of who the candidates are.

U.S. Politics Aug. 23, 2012

A Closer Look at the Parties in 2012

As the 2012 party conventions approach, the Democratic Party continues to maintain an advantage in party identification among voters, but its lead is much smaller than it was in 2008.

U.S. Politics Aug. 22, 2012

Conventions Still Draw Sizable Audience, Boost Campaign Interest

Despite limited prime-time coverage, the Republican and Democratic conventions still give the parties a chance to define their presidential candidates and spark public interest in the campaign.

U.S. Politics Aug. 22, 2012

The Complicated Politics of Abortion

Following Missouri GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin’s controversial comments about abortion, our summary looks at previous public opinion reports on abortion among Democrats and Republicans and in the campaign.

Aug. 22, 2012

The Lost Decade of the Middle Class

As the 2012 presidential candidates prepare their closing arguments to America’s middle class, they are courting a group that has endured a lost decade for economic well-being. Since 2000, the middle class has shrunk in size, fallen backward in income and wealth, and shed some – but by no means all – of its characteristic faith in the future.

U.S. Politics Aug. 21, 2012

Medicare Voucher Plan Remains Unpopular

A proposal to shift Medicare to a voucher system, part of a Paul Ryan plan approved by the House last year, remains unpopular. Both Ryan and Democrat Joe Biden get negative marks as vice presidential candidates.

Hispanic Aug. 20, 2012

Hispanic Student Enrollments Reach New Highs in 2011

At the nation’s four-year colleges and universities, Hispanics have reached a new milestone and are now the largest minority group, reaching a record 16.5% of the total college student enrollment. One-in-four public elementary school students are Hispanic.

U.S. Politics Aug. 16, 2012

Further Decline in Credibility Ratings for Most News Organizations

For the second time in a decade, the believability ratings for major news organizations have suffered broad-based declines. In the new survey, the ratings have fallen significantly for nine of 13 news organizations tested. The falloff affects organizations in most sectors: national newspapers, such as the New York Times and USA Today, all three cable news outlets, the broadcast TV networks and NPR.