GlobalJuly 22, 2008

The Chinese Celebrate Their Roaring Economy As They Struggle With Its Costs

As they eagerly await the Beijing Olympics, the Chinese people express extraordinary levels of satisfaction with the way things are going in their country and with their nation’s economy. With more than eight-in-ten having a positive view of both, China ranks number one among 24 countries on both measures in the 2008 survey by the […]

U.S. PoliticsJuly 10, 2008

Likely Rise In Voter Turnout Bodes Well For Democrats

Even with a partisan enthusiasm gap, voter interest is already as high as in November of recent elections, two trends that may significantly alter the composition of the eventual electorate in the Democrats’ favor. The proportion of swing voters is also up compared with four years ago. Nearly half of independents (47%) are undecided or may change their minds, up from 28% in June 2004.

Media & NewsJuly 10, 2008

The Faith Factor in the Media’s Primary Campaign Coverage

Despite attention to Obama’s former pastor, questions about McCain’s relationship with the conservative religious base, interest in Romney’s Mormon faith and Baptist preacher Huckabee’s strong showing, only 2% of campaign stories directly focused on religion; still that was more than the attention devoted to race and gender combined.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 9, 2008

McCain’s Interest Gap

While Obama and McCain received similar levels of media coverage, Obama remained by far the most visible candidate. Only 11% of Americans cited McCain as the candidate they had heard the most about, while more than seven-in-ten (71%) named Obama.

Internet & TechJuly 2, 2008

Home Broadband Adoption 2008

Even as many broadband users opt for premium services, access stalls among low-income Americans

U.S. PoliticsJuly 2, 2008

For Public, Oil Prices and Economic News Overshadow Campaign

Last week marked the largest partisan gap in campaign interest since the start of the presidential race in early 2007. Democrats were almost twice as likely as Republicans to say they followed the campaign very closely (52% vs. 28%).

ScienceJuly 1, 2008

Gas Prices Pump Up Support for Drilling

Americans are giving higher priority to more energy exploration, rather than more conservation; concern about the environment fades as support for ANWR drilling rises.

HispanicJune 26, 2008

Explaining the English Language Learner Achievement Gap

A new analysis finds that lagging scores of students designated as English language learners can be partly explained by their concentration in low-performing schools.

ReligionJune 23, 2008

Religion in America: Non-Dogmatic, Diverse and Politically Relevant

The second major report on the U.S. religious landscape finds that most Americans do not believe their religion is the only way to salvation. This openness to other religious viewpoints is in line with the nation’s great diversity of affiliation, belief and practice as documented in a survey of more than 35,000 Americans.

U.S. PoliticsJune 19, 2008

Gas Prices Dominate the Public’s Economic News Agenda

As economic news continues to register at an almost record level with the public, no other issue gets close to the level of attention accorded the price of oil and gas. Fully 72% of Americans say it is the economic or fiscal problem they’ve heard the most about.