U.S. Politics Aug. 6, 2009

The Republican Party’s Dilemma

The Sotomayor vote represents the dilemma the GOP faces coming out of its 2008 and 2006 election defeats: how to keep its base happy on the one hand and broaden its appeal to women, Latinos and young people, on the other.

U.S. Politics Aug. 6, 2009

Many Fault Media Coverage of Health Care Debate

As the fight in Washington over health care reform continues to dominate public attention and media coverage, most Americans are critical of the way news organizations are explaining key elements of the debate.

U.S. Politics Jul. 30, 2009

Health Care Tops Interest

The debate over health care reform has become the public’s top story. The Gate’s controversy draws more interest than other recent stories about race.

U.S. Politics Jul. 30, 2009

Obama’s Ratings Slide Across the Board

Support for Obama’s job performance — as well as his handling of health care, the economy and deficit–has fallen, but most remain confident his policies will be positive in the long term. The public supports many of his health care goals but opposes many proposals being debated in Congress.

U.S. Politics Jul. 24, 2009

Few See U.S. Health Care as ’Best in the World’

Most Americans rate the nation’s health care as no better than average when compared with health care in other industrialized countries. Conservative Republicans are most likely to give the U.S. system high marks.

U.S. Politics Jul. 22, 2009

Health Reform Interests but Confuses Public

Nearly all Americans say health care reform is important, and most even consider the debate interesting rather than boring. But many are also confused by it, and want more news coverage. Also, Americans have grown more critical of the government’s handling of the economy.

U.S. Politics Jul. 15, 2009

“One Small Step” No Longer Seen as Such a Giant Leap for America

Four decades after the first American astronauts walked on the moon, that historic accomplishment has lost some prominence in the eyes of the public. Gen Y is especially spaced out.

U.S. Politics Jul. 15, 2009

Too Much Jackson? Not at the Water Cooler

While many Americans may say he has received too much coverage, Michael remained by far the most talked about news story. Also, on Palin, press bias lies in the eye of the partisan beholder.

U.S. Politics Jul. 9, 2009

Public Praises Science; Scientists Fault Public, Media

A new survey of scientists and the public finds large majorities holding positive views of science. But scientists are concerned about Americans’ ignorance of scientific findings and large differences exist between the two groups’ views on evolution and global warming. Still, overwhelming percentages in both groups think that government investments in science and technology pay off in the long run.

U.S. Politics Jul. 9, 2009

Accurately Locating Where Wireless Respondents Live Requires More Than A Phone Number

The mobile nature of wireless phones creates a significant problem for geographic sampling.This problem is exacerbated by the fact that the wireless-only are more geographically mobile than those with landline phones.