U.S. PoliticsJul 30, 2009

Obama’s Ratings Slide Across the Board

Support for Obama’s job performance — as well as his handling of health care, the economy and deficit–has fallen, but most remain confident his policies will be positive in the long term. The public supports many of his health care goals but opposes many proposals being debated in Congress.

Internet & TechJul 29, 2009

Your Other Tube: Audience for Video-Sharing Sites Soars

The number of online adults who say they have visited an online-video site has nearly doubled since 2006, and outpaces other online pastimes such as social networking, downloading podcasts and tweeting. Watching video on sites such as YouTube is near-universal among young adults.

ReligionJul 24, 2009

A Portrait of Mormons in the U.S.

Founded in 1830, Mormonism is now practiced by 1.7% of U.S. adults, comparable to the American Jewish population. Followers are concentrated in the West, and stand out for having exceptionally high levels of religious commitment and for very conservative political views.

GlobalJul 23, 2009

Confidence in Obama Lifts U.S. Image Around the World

In many countries opinions of the United States are now about as positive as they were at the beginning of the decade before George W. Bush took office. Improvements in the U.S. image have been most pronounced in Western Europe, where favorable ratings for both the nation and the American people have soared. But opinions of America have also become more positive in key countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia, as well. Signs of improvement in views of America are seen even in some predominantly Muslim countries.

HispanicJul 22, 2009

Mexican Immigrants: How Many Come? How Many Leave?

The flow of immigrants from Mexico to the United States has declined sharply since mid-decade, but there is no evidence of an increase during this period in the number of Mexican-born migrants returning home from the U.S.

Internet & TechJul 22, 2009

America Unwired

Accessing the internet is now a multiplatform affair with 56% of all Americans having accessed the internet by wireless means.

Internet & TechJul 15, 2009

Recession Dot Net

More than two-thirds of Americans have logged on to the internet looking for financial information. Of these “online economic users” most are looking for good deals and job opportunities. More said that what they learned on the internet made them more anxious than said they were made more confident.

ScienceJul 9, 2009

Public Praises Science; Scientists Fault Public, Media

A new survey of scientists and the public finds large majorities holding positive views of science. But scientists are concerned about Americans’ ignorance of scientific findings and large differences exist between the two groups’ views on evolution and global warming. Still, overwhelming percentages in both groups think that government investments in science and technology pay off in the long run.

U.S. PoliticsJul 8, 2009

Wilted Green Shoots

The number of Americans hearing mostly negative economic news has been steadily rising since May, especially among independents.

HispanicJul 2, 2009

Recession Slows — but Does Not Reverse — Mexican Immigration

The flow of immigrants from Mexico to the U.S. has declined sharply since mid-decade, but there is no apparent increase in the number of Mexican-born migrants returning home.