Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Different Stories, Different Audiences
Four-in-ten of those who watch Fox News regularly say that coverage of Obama has not been critical enough.
Gen Next Squeezed By Recession, But Most See Better Times Ahead
While the economic downturn is falling quite heavily on younger Americans, their overall outlook remains optimistic. A new survey also finds Generation Next expressing more liberal views when compared with older age cohorts as well as evidence of increased political engagement.
First Impressions of Sotomayor Mostly Positive
While a plurality of Americans say coverage of the nomination has been fair, Republicans are significantly more likely to say it has not been critical enough.
Public Backs Affirmative Action, But Not Minority Preferences
The public has generally been supportive of affirmative action programs, but is decidedly opposed to the idea of providing preferential treatment to minorities.
Public Not That Into Terror Debate
While the media may love a political fight, Americans say they are following stories about money and health.
Independents Take Center Stage in the Obama Era
Centrism has emerged as a dominant factor in public opinion as the Obama administration begins. Republicans and Democrats are even more divided than in the past, while the growing political middle is steadfastly mixed in its beliefs about government, the free market and other values that underlie views on contemporary issues and policies. Both political parties have lost adherents since the election and an increasing number of Americans identify as independents.
Car Dealership Closings Draw Wide Attention
News about the car dealership closings is as big as last fall’s bank failings. Also, who watches “Idol”?
Public Sees Less Glum News About Economy
Gender gaps emerge on top stories. Men follow the economy and Manny; women prefer the flu and first face transplant operation.
Top of the Mind Impressions of Obama
An interactive graphic shows how perceptions of the president have changed over the past few months.
Virus Goes Viral Online
While most Americans are turning to TV to learn about the swine flu, the internet ranks as the leading source for “useful” information.