Media & News Jul. 27, 2010

The Story of Shirley Sherrod: Reconstruction of a Media Mess

A media analysis of the Shirley Sherrod story traces how the story evolved and played out in the media in that frantic period between the July 19 release of the video and the July 21 apologies to Sherrod from Gibbs and Vilsack as well as Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.

U.S. Politics Jul. 12, 2010

Public’s Wish List for Congress — Jobs and Deficit Reduction

Fully 80% say it is very important for Congress to pass legislation to address the job situation; nearly half of public disapproves of challenge to Arizona’s immigration law and health care legislation.

U.S. Politics Jul. 9, 2010

Republicans Less Positive Toward Supreme Court

Compared with July 2007, fewer people view the court as conservative and more see it as liberal. Americans are less negative toward Congress, and there has been an improvement in opinions of the Democratic Party.

U.S. Politics Jul. 1, 2010

Proud Patriots — and Harsh Critics of Government

Nearly all Americans consider themselves patriotic and voice pride in being American. But many of those who voice strong patriotism and pride in the country also are highly critical of the federal government and its political leaders.

Religion Jun. 28, 2010

High Court Rules Against Campus Christian Group

A divided Supreme Court has ruled, 5-4, that a public law school can deny recognition to a student group that excludes gays and lesbians. In Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, the Court said the school could enforce a policy requiring official student organizations to accept all students who want to join.

U.S. Politics May. 18, 2010

Public’s Priorities for Congress: Jobs and Energy Top Immigration

Congress’s ratings are abysmal; Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan draws mixed ratings but half have no opinion.

U.S. Politics Apr. 28, 2010

Pessimistic Public Doubts Effectiveness of Stimulus, TARP

As has been the case for most of the past two years, about nine-in-ten rate national economic conditions as only fair or poor. As a political consequence, the Democratic Party has lost ground to the Republican Party on a wide range of issues, including the job situation.

Religion Apr. 28, 2010

Supreme Court Rules on Religious Display

The court overturned a lower court ruling that had ordered the removal of a cross from a World War I memorial located in California’s Mojave National Preserve.

Internet & Tech Apr. 27, 2010

How Americans Interact with Government Online

Fully 82% of internet users (61% of all Americans) looked for information or completed a transaction on a government website in the past year. Most government website visitors were happy with their experience, accomplishing everything or much of what they wanted to do.

U.S. Politics Apr. 18, 2010

Distrust, Discontent, Anger and Partisan Rancor

By almost every conceivable measure Americans are less positive and more critical of government these days.