Global Mar. 5, 2009

Eastern Europe: A Crisis of Confidence in Capitalism?

The economic crisis could have troubling implications for public opinion in the former Eastern Bloc, where support for capitalism had been on the rise, but still remained weaker than in Western Europe and most other regions of the world.

Pew Research Center Feb. 27, 2009

Truth over Happiness

Will Americans listen only to Happy Talk from a president? Here’s what the record shows.

Feb. 26, 2009

Suburbs Not Most Popular, But Suburbanites Most Content

Suburbanites are significantly more satisfied with their communities than are residents of cities, small towns or rural areas, but that doesn’t mean Americans want to live there.

Feb. 19, 2009

No Place Like Home — Even if the Value Is in the Tank

Not even a housing-led recession can shake Americans’ faith in the blessings of homeownership.

U.S. Politics Feb. 19, 2009

One-In-Five Homeowners Feels “Underwater” On Mortgages

Those who say their homes are worth less than what they owe on their mortgages are generally younger, less affluent and more likely to be Hispanic or African American than are those who feel they would at least break even if they had to sell today.

Global Feb. 12, 2009

The Globe’s Emerging Middle Classes

As economically developing countries grow prosperous, their middle classes understandably become more satisfied with their lives and their values become more like those of the publics of advanced nations.

Global Feb. 10, 2009

Views of Venezuela’s Chavez Have Hardened in the Region — and at Home

Since he was first elected 10 years ago, Chavez has often portrayed himself as a regional leader, at the forefront of a new era of Latin American populism. However, in many countries in the region, Chavez fails to inspire much confidence.

Pew Research Center Feb. 9, 2009

From Candidate to President

One-word descriptions of President Obama have changed dramatically since he was a candidate.

U.S. Politics Feb. 5, 2009

On Darwin’s 200th Birthday, Americans Still Divided About Evolution

Opinion polls over the past two decades have found the American public deeply divided — and confused — in its beliefs about the origins and development of life on earth.

U.S. Politics Jan. 29, 2009

Ideological Gaps Over Israel on Both Sides of Atlantic

The American public has long expressed strong support for Israel. In contrast, polls in Western Europe have frequently found more support for the Palestinians. But while they generally take different sides in the conflict, political ideology matters in both America and Europe.