U.S. Politics Dec. 20, 2006

Free Trade Agreements Get a Mixed Review

The American public continues to have a mixed opinion about free trade agreements such as NAFTA and the WTO. On balance they are seen as a good thing for the country, but Americans are divided over the impact of free trade agreements on their own personal financial situations.

Dec. 14, 2006

Luxury or Necessity?

As Americans navigate increasingly crowded lives, the number of things they say they can’t live without has multiplied in the past decade, according to a new Pew Research Center survey that asks whether a broad array of everyday consumer products are luxuries or necessities.

U.S. Politics Dec. 14, 2006

Public to ’08 Contenders – It’s Too Early

Politicians and political reporters are scrambling to book flights for New Hampshire and other presidential primary states, but the public is far from engaged in the jockeying for 2008.

U.S. Politics Dec. 12, 2006

Baker-Hamilton Report Evokes Modest Public Interest

The public has grown more negative about the situation in Iraq and President Bush’s handling of the war. Half of Americans now believe the war in Iraq will turn out to be another Vietnam, while just a third think that the U.S. will accomplish its goals there.

Dec. 6, 2006

As Home Prices Cool Down, Homeowners Temper Their Optimism

Despite a record drop this past year in the median sales price of existing homes, more than eight-in-ten homeowners expect the value of their homes to go up either “a little” (55%) or “a lot” (26%) in the future. However, these anticipated levels of future gains are not nearly as great as the gains that homeowners say they’ve experienced in recent years.

Internet & Tech Nov. 20, 2006

Seeking Science in Cyberspace

A Pew Internet/Exploratorium project finds nearly 9-in-10 online users have researched a scientific topic or concept on the internet. Nearly three quarters (71%) of internet users say they turn to the internet for science news and information because it is convenient.

Nov. 20, 2006

It’s Time for Holiday Shopping. Do You Have Your Budget?

A majority of Americans say they set a budget limit for their holiday shopping; 56% have already set or plan to set a limit while 41% say they don’t use a budget limit for holiday shopping.

U.S. Politics Nov. 16, 2006

Public Cheers Democratic Victory

The Democrats’ big win on Nov. 7 has gotten a highly favorable response from the public. In fact, initial reactions to the Democratic victory are as positive as they were to the GOP’s electoral sweep of Congress a dozen years ago.

U.S. Politics Nov. 5, 2006

Republicans Cut Democratic Lead in Campaign’s Final Days

A nationwide Pew survey finds that the midterm election campaign has tightened considerably in the campaign’s final week. Among likely voters, 47% say they plan to vote for a Democratic congressional candidate on Tuesday and 43% say they plan to vote for a Republican.

Internet & Tech Nov. 1, 2006

Seeking Health Online

Most of the millions of Americans who turn to the web for health information are pleased by what they find — though few check the quality of the information.