Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Glenn Beck, Christians and Mormons
In contrast to the Beck’s comments, it’s incorrect to say that “most” Christians do not view Mormons as Christians. However, many have mixed views about Mormonism.
Public Divided Over Tone of Mosque Fight
Among those who see the debate as rude and disrespectful, most say opponents of the Islamic center are mostly to blame.
Five Years After Hurricane Katrina
Most Americans say that the nation is no better prepared for hurricanes and other natural disasters than it was in 2005. However, the public does see progress in rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf region.
New York Islamic Center Debate Tops Coverage, But Not News Interest
More than four-in-ten Republicans (44%) say they followed news about the mosque debate very closely, compared with 28% each of Democrats and independents.
Public Remains Conflicted Over Islam
The public continues to express conflicted views of Islam.
Growing Number of Americans Say Obama is a Muslim
A substantial and growing number of Americans say that Barack Obama is a Muslim, while the proportion saying he is a Christian has declined.
Many Say Coverage of the Poor and Minorities Is Too Negative
Pluralities say that coverage of poor people and Muslims is too negative, while somewhat smaller percentages say the same about coverage of blacks and Hispanics. About a third say that coverage of wealthy people is too positive — the highest percentage for any group tested.
More Hearing Good News About Gulf Spill
Perceptions of news about the oil leak have become somewhat more positive, while views of economic news remain mixed. About one-in-five track news about the overturn of California’s gay marriage ban and the planned Islamic cultural center in New York.
The Vote for Congress: GOP Fares Better with Whites, Men, Independents and Seniors
While voter preferences for the midterm elections remain closely divided, Republicans now enjoy advantages among typically loyal voting blocs that wavered in 2006 and are doing better with key swing groups. Americans who intend to vote GOP this fall are also far more engaged in the campaign this year.
Mixed Public Reaction to WikiLeaks
About equal percentages say the release of classified documents about the war in Afghanistan harms the public interest as say it serves the public interest. Most say Chelsea Clinton’s wedding received too much attention from the press.