Jul. 1, 2007

As Marriage and Parenthood Drift Apart, Public Is Concerned about Social Impact

At a time when nearly four-in-ten births in this country are to an unmarried mother, the public says unwed parenting is a big problem for society. But Americans are far less inclined now than a generation ago to say children are important to a successful marriage, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

Internet & Tech Jun. 27, 2007

Mean Teens Online: Forget Sticks and Stones, They’ve Got Mail

Forget sticks and stones, today’s teenagers have got the web at their command and about a third of those online tell a new Pew Internet survey that they have been targets of annoying and potentially menacing online activities.

Global Jun. 27, 2007

Global Unease with Major World Powers and Leaders

A new survey finds continuing anti-American sentiment and significant slippage in China’s image among the publics of other major nations. Concern about environmental degradation as a major threat to the planet has increased substantially in 20 of 35 countries for which trends are available.

U.S. Politics Jun. 12, 2007

Mixed Grades for a Federal Education Law

As Congress prepares to debate reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act, Americans express mixed views about the nation’s signature education law. Among those who have heard about the law, 34% say it has made schools better; 26% say it has made them worse; and 32% say it has had no impact.

U.S. Politics Jun. 7, 2007

Mixed Views on Immigration Bill

The public is ambivalent about the immigration bill being debated in the Senate, but a majority favors one of its key goals – providing a way for illegal aliens to become citizens. The public supports such a provision even when it is described as “amnesty,” a new Pew survey finds.

U.S. Politics Jun. 5, 2007

Thompson Demonstrates Broad Potential Appeal

A new Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey finds broad potential appeal among Republicans for the all-but-announced candidacy of former Sen. Fred Thompson; meantime President Bush’s approval rating has sunk to an all-time low of 29%.

U.S. Politics Jun. 1, 2007

Political Divide in Views of Campaign Coverage

About half the public believes that press coverage of 2008 presidential candidates has been fair, but there are partisan differences in these evaluations. A plurality of Republicans say the press has been too easy on Democratic candidates.

Hispanic May. 30, 2007

A Slower Flow from Mexico?

While short-term changes in immigration flows are difficult to measure, several indicators suggest a possible slackening in migration across the U.S. border since mid-2006.

Internet & Tech May. 23, 2007

Adjusting to a Diet of Spam

As more of the stuff finds its way into Americans’ personal and workplace email accounts, internet users find it easier to digest.

May. 22, 2007

Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream

The first-ever, nationwide, random sample survey of Muslim Americans finds them to be largely assimilated, happy with their lives, and moderate with respect to many of the issues that have divided Muslims and Westerners around the world.