Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis

Pew Research CenterJune 2, 2009

Sotomayor, and Race, Drive the News

Sotomayor was the first person to exceed Obama as the lead newsmaker since his inauguration; 40% of the stories about Sotomayor’s nomination referenced her ethnicity.

Pew Research CenterMay 29, 2009

California, Rappers and Fossils

The conversation online looks nothing like the mainstream media.

Pew Research CenterMay 28, 2009

Global Pandemic, Global Coverage

Turns out that coverage of the swine flu in the U.S. was actually less sensationalized than was media coverage in some other major nations.

Pew Research CenterMay 27, 2009

Beltway Battle Bumps Economy

With a political-conflict narrative, terrorism — almost untouched by the media last year — has supplanted the recession as the top story.

Pew Research CenterMay 21, 2009

Tortured Debate Online

The polarizing issue of what defines torture again dominated social media last week but bloggers also focused on a Saudi judge’s slap at women shoppers.

Pew Research CenterMay 19, 2009

Politics Punctuate the Terrorism Debate

The story was especially dominant on the ideological, debate-oriented talk shows on radio and prime-time cable.

Pew Research CenterMay 14, 2009

Wide-Ranging Conversation Online

While the mainstream media agenda was dominated by the economy and flu, bloggers talked up gay marriage, e-readers and botched photo-op.

Pew Research CenterMay 12, 2009

Feed an Economy, Starve a Flu

With the virus no longer so deadly, the press turned to financial and foreign-policy fears.

Pew Research CenterMay 8, 2009

Pig Flu and Politics Clog the Blogs

Bloggers last week debated whether the worldwide swine flu outbreak was a serious public health menace or a case of excessive media hype. And Arlen Specter’s change of parties stirred a partisan debate over the state of the GOP.

Pew Research CenterMay 5, 2009

Big Stories Fall to Flu Fever

Obama’s 100th day, a political earthquake, a Supreme Court retirement and more bad news for Detroit should have all been major media events, but none withstood the onslaught of swine flu.