Pew Research Center May. 17, 2012

College Graduation: Weighing the Cost … and the Payoff

The issue of costs and rising student debt have have touched off a national debate about the cost and value of a college education. Surveys by the Pew Research Center present this portrait of the views of the general public and college graduates on these issues.

Internet & Tech May. 12, 2012

Facebook: A Profile of its ’Friends’

For years, the Pew Internet & American Life Project has been polling people who use social media, asking how they use it and what they get out of it. The results paint an interesting picture of what kind of people use sites such as Facebook, who they are connected to and how they manage their privacy.

U.S. Politics Apr. 16, 2012

Gay Marriage: The Electorate Changes, and Politics Follow

In the 2004 elections, analysts believed that proposed state constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage increased the turnout of socially conservative voters in as many as 11 states. But since then, many Americans have changed their minds, and a whole new generation has come of age with a different point of view on this issue.

U.S. Politics Apr. 16, 2012

Obama vs. Romney: Which One Can Defy Political History to Win?

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both carry so much political baggage that one or the other will have to defy modern political history to win in November.

Apr. 13, 2012

Women, Work and Motherhood

Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen’s comment this week about Ann Romney’s lack of work experience has put the “mommy wars” back in the news. Here is a summary of surveys in recent years that explore public attitudes about issues related to women, work and motherhood.

U.S. Politics Mar. 30, 2012

Blacks’ Views of Law Enforcement, Racial Progress and News Coverage of Race

The Trayvon Martin case has highlighted issues relating to the treatment of blacks by local police departments, the state of race relations in the U.S. and press coverage of African Americans. Pew Research Center surveys in recent years have covered the opinions of African Americans on these and other issues.

U.S. Politics Mar. 29, 2012

The Gender Gap: Three Decades Old, as Wide as Ever

Barack Obama’s advantages among women voters over his GOP rivals are striking, with women favoring Obama over Mitt Romney by 20 points and over Rick Santorum by 26 points. When it comes to the political parties, 51% of women identify with the Democrats compared to 42% of men.

U.S. Politics Mar. 26, 2012

Public Remains Split on Health Care Bill, Opposed to Mandate

As the 2010 Affordable Care Act comes before the U.S. Supreme Court this week, surveys show that the public remains divided over the basic law.

Pew Research Center Mar. 7, 2012

Romney Struggles with Evangelicals While Santorum Trails with Catholics

In the 10 GOP presidential caucuses and primaries held on Super Tuesday, Mitt Romney continued to get significantly less support from white born-again and evangelical voters. Rick Santorum has yet to achieve an outright victory among Catholics in any state for which data are available.

Global Mar. 6, 2012

Does Humanitarian Aid Improve America’s Image?

Humanitarian aid to countries struck by major natural disasters — such as the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan nearly a year ago — has produced more favorable opinions of the U.S. among the populations of those countries. But the long term impact of such aid on public opinion has proved to have its limits.