Internet & Tech Sep. 6, 2011

28% of U.S. Adults Use Mobile and Social Location-Based Services

Just over half of smartphone owners use their phones to get directions or recommendations based on their location; geosocial services and location-tagging features are less popular.

U.S. Politics Sep. 1, 2011

United in Remembrance, Divided over Policies

The public continues to be divided over many of the anti-terrorism policies that arose in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks ten years ago. These differences extend to opinions about whether U.S. wrongdoing prior to 9/11 may have motivated the attacks.

Global Aug. 31, 2011

Crime and Drug Cartels Top Concerns in Mexico

Less than half of Mexicans believe that their government is making progress in its campaign against the nation’s drug cartels, according to a new survey. But a big majority still supports the government’s use of the army to fight drug traffickers.

U.S. Politics Aug. 30, 2011

Muslim Americans: No Signs of Growth in Alienation or Support for Extremism

While a majority of Muslim Americans say they have endured suspicion and enhanced scrutiny since the 9/11 attacks nearly 10 years ago, a wide-ranging survey finds no indication of increased alienation and anger or rising support for Islamic extremism. On the contrary, majorities of Muslim Americans express concern about the possible rise of Islamic extremism, both here and abroad.

Aug. 28, 2011

The Digital Revolution and Higher Education

As online college courses are becoming more prevalent, the public is skeptical about their educational value. Only 29% of Americans say online classes are equal in value to classes taken in person. College presidents have a more positive view of online learning and they foresee dramatic growth in this area.

Internet & Tech Aug. 26, 2011

65% of Online Adults Use Social Networking Sites

Two-thirds of adult internet users (65%) now say they use a social networking site like MySpace, Facebook or LinkedIn. That’s more than double the percentage that reported social networking site usage in 2008.

U.S. Politics Aug. 25, 2011

Obama Leadership Image Takes a Hit, GOP Ratings Decline

For the first time in his presidency, significantly more Americans disapprove than approve of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president and and the margin of strong disapproval over strong approval has widened. But the public is also profoundly discontented with the political leadership of both parties, angry at the federal government and dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country.

Global Aug. 23, 2011

Americans Want More Pressure On Students, the Chinese Want Less

With U.S. students underperforming in international assessments, it may not be surprising that almost two-thirds (64%) of Americans say that parents do not put enough pressure on their children to do well in school. That contrasts with the Chinese who feel their students are pushed too hard.

Aug. 17, 2011

Women See Value and Benefits of College; Men Lag on Both Fronts, Survey Finds

At a time when women surpass men by record numbers in college enrollment and completion, they also have a more positive view than men about the value higher education provides.

Internet & Tech Aug. 15, 2011

Americans and Their Cell Phones

Mobile phones have become a near-ubiquitous tool for information-seeking and communicating: 83% of American adults own some kind of cell phone. While cellphones are useful for a wide variety of tasks, owners say they also come with some disadvantages.