U.S. Politics Aug. 7, 2009

Public Supports Targeting Al Qaeda Leaders, Wants Congress in the Loop

Americans generally support allowing the Central Intelligence Agency to assassinate al Qaeda leaders, but opinions are more mixed about whether the CIA should have such a program without first informing Congress.

U.S. Politics Aug. 6, 2009

The Republican Party’s Dilemma

The Sotomayor vote represents the dilemma the GOP faces coming out of its 2008 and 2006 election defeats: how to keep its base happy on the one hand and broaden its appeal to women, Latinos and young people, on the other.

U.S. Politics Jun. 18, 2009

Obama’s High Ratings Hold Despite Some Policy Concerns

A solid majority of Americans continue to approve of Barack Obama’s job performance, although they express mixed views of several of his policies. Only about one-in-five Americans (21%) say the U.S. is less safe from terrorism under the Obama administration than under the Bush administration

U.S. Politics May. 21, 2009

Independents Take Center Stage in the Obama Era

Centrism has emerged as a dominant factor in public opinion as the Obama administration begins. Republicans and Democrats are even more divided than in the past, while the growing political middle is steadfastly mixed in its beliefs about government, the free market and other values that underlie views on contemporary issues and policies. Both political parties have lost adherents since the election and an increasing number of Americans identify as independents.

Pew Research Center May. 21, 2009

Court of Public Opinion Sides with Women on Empathy

Obama says empathy is one of the qualities he’ll be looking for in a new Supreme Court justice. Meantime, his White House has floated a list of possible nominees that’s stacked heavily with women. Coincidence?

Internet & Tech Dec. 30, 2008

From BarackObama.com to Change.gov

A new survey finds that voters expect that the level of public engagement they experienced with Obama during the campaign, much of it occurring online, will continue into the early period of his new administration.

Religion Dec. 19, 2008

The Religious Makeup of Congress

Although a majority of the members of the new, 111th Congress are Protestants, Congress — like the nation as a whole — is much more religiously diverse than it was 50 years ago.

Internet & Tech Dec. 4, 2008

Obama’s Online Opportunities

For a host of reasons, the new administration needs to develop a national broadband strategy but research suggests that users must be central actors in its design.

Religion Oct. 31, 2008

In Brief: Pleasant Grove City v. Summum

May a locality that allows one religious group to erect a monument in a city park deny that privilege to another religious sect? On Nov. 12, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case of Pleasant Grove City v. Summum.

Religion Oct. 23, 2008

The Free Exercise Clause and the Legislative and Executive Branches

Courts have long grappled with questions of religious freedom, but other government bodies also help ensure protection of this cherished liberty.