Religion Mar. 6, 2009

Stimulus Package Stimulates Church-State Debate

Economic stimulus legislation has brought on a church-state debate regarding school funding. The Pew Forum turns to church-state scholar Robert Tuttle.

Religion Mar. 4, 2009

In Mammon We Trust? Religions Agree Economy is Issue Number One

While members of all faiths see the economy as the top priority for 2009, they are not always in agreement on what issues the government should tackle. The divide is especially large on reducing crime and moral decline in America.

Pew Research Center Feb. 27, 2009

Truth over Happiness

Will Americans listen only to Happy Talk from a president? Here’s what the record shows.

Pew Research Center Feb. 20, 2009

With Crisis As Catalyst, State Governors Push Big Changes

Governors are using the economic crisis to sell big changes in how state and local jurisdictions operate, promising overhauls that could alter the face of government around the country.

U.S. Politics Feb. 9, 2009

Support for Stimulus Plan Slips, But Obama Rides High

Although support for the economic stimulus package has weakened over the last month, President Obama’s personal image is extremely strong with fully 92% of the public rating him a good communicator. And the belief that Obama represents a break from politics as usual is widespread, despite the highly partisan reaction to his economic stimulus proposal.

U.S. Politics Jan. 22, 2009

On Obama’s Desk: Economy, Jobs Trump All Other Policy Priorities

While it is not unusual for Americans to prioritize domestic over foreign policy, a new survey finds strengthening the economy and improving the job situation are higher priorities today than they have been at any point over the past decade, and the recent upward trend has been steep.

U.S. Politics Jan. 21, 2009

Who Expects To Gain — And Lose — Under Obama

More Americans say that people like themselves will gain influence under the Obama administration than was the case for the last two incoming presidents. Many who did not vote for Obama say this as well — including pluralities of all whites and white evangelical Christians.

U.S. Politics Jan. 15, 2009

Strong Confidence in Obama — Country Seen as Less Politically Divided

Public confidence in Barack Obama to deal with the nation’s most pressing problems is high and many Americans not only see the president-elect as a problem-solver, but as a “uniter” as well.

U.S. Politics Jan. 7, 2009

Gains Seen On Minority Discrimination — But Little Else

As Obama prepares to take office, majorities say the country is losing ground on many key issues, especially economic ones.