Internet & Tech Sep. 19, 2007

Hobbyists Online

The Internet has become America’s playground with the great majority of those online now using the web to pursue leisure-time interests from genealogy and collecting to gambling.

U.S. Politics Sep. 13, 2007

A Nation of “Haves” and “Have-Nots”?

Over the past two decades, the number of Americans who see the country as divided along economic lines has increased sharply, and twice as many people now see themselves among the society’s “have-nots.”

Pew Research Center Sep. 6, 2007

“First of the Fall” GOP Debate

On Wednesday evening, eight Republican presidential candidates met in a debate at the University of New Hampshire. How did candidate views compare with public opinion on the topics discussed?

U.S. Politics Sep. 5, 2007

What Could Convince Americans to Stay the Course in Iraq?

A look at the course of opinions about the Iraq war over the past few years suggests that two crucial but opposing factors in U.S. thinking will likely shape the public’s response to the Petraeus report.

Media & News Sep. 4, 2007

Fred Thompson’s Online Campaign Is in Full Swing

When he formally enters the 2008 race this week, former Sen. Fred Thompson can behave in all ways like a presidential candidate. But on his “testing the waters” website, I’mwithFred.com, he’s already been busy reaching out to supporters.

U.S. Politics Aug. 30, 2007

Black Enthusiasm for Clinton and Obama Leaves Little Room for Edwards

The popularity of the two top contenders among key segments of the Democratic electorate may help explain why Edwards’s populist platform has not drawn wider support so far.

U.S. Politics Aug. 28, 2007

Along the Iraq-Vietnam Parallel

To many observers the most obvious parallel between the two conflicts is that, after early public support, disillusionment mounted as hostilities dragged on. But while the overall trajectory is similar, an important political difference distinguishes public attitudes toward the two wars.

Pew Research Center Aug. 20, 2007

Democrats Debate in Iowa

Sunday morning all eight Democratic candidates for president met at Drake University in Iowa. How did their views on issues ranging from Iraq to money in politics match up with public opinion data?

U.S. Politics Aug. 15, 2007

Presidential Campaign Isn’t Making a Good First Impression

The 2008 presidential campaign already seems to be wearing out its welcome with many Americans. A 52% majority of the public offers a negative assessment of the early-blooming campaign and just one-in-five has a kind thing to say.

Pew Research Center Aug. 10, 2007

Democrats Address Gay Community

On Thursday night six Democratic presidential candidates came together for a debate on issues important to the gay community. Candidates took on issues from gay marriage to “don’t ask don’t tell” and addressed a party whose rank-and-file hold ambivalent positions on some issues of concern to gays.