U.S. Politics Jul. 12, 2007

Campaign Internet Videos: “Sopranos” Spoof vs. “Obama Girl”

They originate on the internet, but more people are viewing them on TV than online.

U.S. Politics Jul. 6, 2007

Press Praised for Coverage of China’s Product Problem

Most in public call news about safety issues involving Chinese imports accurate and appropriate in amount. Traditional media are also the main source of news about the latest in hi-tech communications: the iPhone.

U.S. Politics Jul. 2, 2007

“Frequently Asked Questions” about Pew’s Muslim American Survey

A recent report, “Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream,” attracted a great deal of attention but also raised a number of questions about the research. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

U.S. Politics Jun. 29, 2007

Iraq Dominates News Landscape in First Half of 2007

So far, the war in Iraq has eclipsed most other 2007news stories. Second string stories ranged from politics and crime to pet food and celebrities, but the public stayed primarily tuned to casualties and troop levels.

U.S. Politics Jun. 27, 2007

Who Flies the Flag? Not Always Who You Might Think

For many Americans, demonstrating patriotism means showing the flag; overall, 62% say they do so. Notably, significantly more Northeasterners and Midwesterners fly the flag than do residents of the South or the West.

U.S. Politics Jun. 20, 2007

Are Americans out of Sync with Economic Reality?

Americans are far more optimistic than most real estate experts about the outlook for home prices but far more pessimistic than most economists and Wall Street watchers about the overall economic outlook.

U.S. Politics Jun. 20, 2007

Bloomberg Well Known, But of Limited Appeal for Now

Michael Bloomberg has created some excitement in the political world about a possible run for the presidency by dropping his Republican affiliation. But a recent nationwide Pew voter survey found that while the New York mayor is relatively well known, his appeal is very modest at this point.

U.S. Politics Jun. 20, 2007

Why Change the Channel?

For most of the public, broadcast network news is all the same. Not so cable news: Nearly half the public sees real differences among CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

U.S. Politics Jun. 19, 2007

How Serious Is Polling’s Cell-Only Problem?

The landline-less are different from regular telephone users in many of their opinions and their numbers are growing fast. Can survey researchers meet this challenge?

U.S. Politics Jun. 19, 2007

What’s Missing from National RDD Surveys? The Impact of the Growing Cell-Only Population

The number of cell-phone-only households has continued to grow — 12.8% of all households by the end of 2006, according to the National Health Interview Survey. While the noncoverage problem is currently not damaging estimates for the entire population, a study finds evidence that it does create biased estimates on certain variables for young adults, 25% of whom are cell-only.