U.S. Politics Mar. 31, 2009

Obama Unlikely to Find a Quick Fix for U.S. Global Image

As the president travels through Europe this week, issues arising from the global economic crisis and other world problems on his agenda seem likely to resonate with key criticisms of America’s leadership carried over from the Bush years.

U.S. Politics Mar. 26, 2009

Unusually Wide Gap in ’Satisfaction,’ ’Right Direction’ Measures

Americans’ perception about the state and direction of the nation usually go hand-in-hand. However, big events, like last fall’s election, can split these two indicators of the public’s national outlook.

Global Mar. 25, 2009

Optimism and Obstacles for Obama in Europe

Polls suggest Obama may have reason to expect a mostly — but not entirely — warm reception on his coming overseas trip with stops in Britain, France, Germany, Czech Republic and Turkey.

Mar. 19, 2009

Public Has Split Verdict on Increased Level of Unmarried Motherhood

There is a stronger consensus in public opinion about the social cost of out-of-wedlock births than there is about the morality of these births.

Mar. 18, 2009

Most Like It Hot

Given a choice, most Americans would opt for a sun-kissed climate — but not necessarily for a warm-weather city.

Pew Research Center Mar. 18, 2009

Reluctant Suffragettes: When Women Questioned Their Right to Vote

An 86-year-old polling analysis sheds light on why female Americans were slow to appreciate the fruits of the suffragettes’ hard-fought 70-year battle for access to the ballot box.

Global Mar. 12, 2009

Few in Pakistan Support Extremists — But Few Favor Military Confrontation

Extremist groups are increasingly demonstrating their ability to strike throughout a country in which support for al Qaeda or the Taliban has declined sharply in recent years and where very few agree with their widely noted tactic of preventing education for girls.

Pew Research Center Mar. 12, 2009

Socialism, American-Style

We love the free market, but fear corporations and global competition, and depend on Uncle Sam to keep us safe.

Mar. 11, 2009

Magnet or Sticky?

At first glance, magnet and sticky states may seem to be mirror opposites of each other, and it is true that most states score high on one scale and low on another. But it turns out that 10 states rank high on both scales, and another nine score low on both. Find out where your state lands.

Pew Research Center Mar. 6, 2009

Why Surveys of Muslim Americans Differ

Because Muslim Americans make up a very small percentage of the U.S. public, it is difficult to provide a reliable picture of their views and differences in survey design can crucially affect findings.