U.S. Politics Mar. 24, 2014

Nearly Half of Public Says ‘Right Amount’ of Malaysian Jet Coverage

The public followed news about the missing Malaysia Airlines plane more closely than any other story last week. While the story has attracted extensive news coverage, most Americans do not feel there has been too much coverage of the missing jetliner.

U.S. Politics Nov. 19, 2013

Philippines Disaster Draws Limited Interest, Donations

Fewer Americans are very closely following news about the typhoon that struck the Philippines than followed news about other recent major disasters. And fewer are donating to Philippines disaster relief efforts.

Fact Tank Oct. 28, 2013

Twitter served as a lifeline of information during Hurricane Sandy

More than 20 million tweets were posted on Twitter in a five day period covering the approach and aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Fact Tank Aug. 28, 2013

Remembering Katrina: Wide racial divide over government’s response

Today is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Tomorrow marks another, less heralded event in the history of U.S. race relations.

U.S. Politics May. 29, 2013

Most Say Disaster Spending Does Not Require Offsetting Cuts

As Oklahoma recovers from last week’s tornado, a majority of Americans (59%) say federal spending in response to natural disasters is emergency aid that does not need to be offset by cuts to other programs, while 29% say it does.

Fact Tank May. 22, 2013

Citizen eyewitnesses provide majority of top online news videos in Oklahoma tornado disaster

In recent years, natural disasters around the world have been chronicled by a new kind of visual journalism, often produced by citizen eyewitnesses and posted to the video sharing site YouTube. These videos represent a way of “crowdsourcing” a dramatic breaking news event, frequently before professional journalists can arrive on the scene.

Media & News Nov. 6, 2012

Hurricane Sandy and Twitter

How did people use Twitter during Hurricane Sandy? For millions who lost power but could still access the internet on mobile devices, Twitter served as a critical lifeline throughout the disaster that struck the East Coast on Oct. 29.

Global Jun. 5, 2012

Japanese Wary of Nuclear Energy

While Japanese prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has been trying to persuade local communities it is safe to restart two nuclear reactors, 70% of Japanese say their country should reduce its reliance on nuclear energy.

Internet & Tech Jan. 12, 2012

Real Time Charitable Giving

A survey of individuals who sent a contribution to Haiti earthquake relief using the text messaging feature on their mobile phones explores who these mobile givers are, what other types of mobile contributions they have undertaken, and how they perceive mobile giving in comparison to other types of charitable contributions.

Global Jun. 1, 2011

Japanese Resilient, but See Economic Challenges Ahead

A majority in Japan believe their country will emerge stronger in the aftermath of the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The Japanese are broadly unhappy with their own government’s handling of the catastrophe, but there is considerable praise for the U.S. Most Japanese, however, also foresee a rocky economic road ahead.