Media & News Aug. 18, 2008

Tracking the Economic Slowdown

The slowing economy has replaced Iraq as the second most intensely covered story so far in 2008 according to a new study of media content. However, it still trails far behind the presidential campaign.

U.S. Politics Jul. 31, 2008

Inflation Staggers Public but Economy Still Seen As Fixable

Beyond widespread anxiety about energy costs, a growing number of Americans say it is difficult for them to afford food. Yet most are confident that even in an era of global economic interdependence the federal government is capable of fixing the economy

Pew Research Center Jul. 2, 2008

State Legislative Roundup: Sour Economy Limits Options In ’08

In a special to the Pew Research Center, Stateline.org provides its annual look at legislative accomplishments. It finds lawmakers shying away from major expansions of public health programs or preschool classes, short on highway funding and predicting even worse financial woes ahead.

U.S. Politics Jul. 1, 2008

Gas Prices Pump Up Support for Drilling

Americans are giving higher priority to more energy exploration, rather than more conservation; concern about the environment fades as support for ANWR drilling rises.

Hispanic Jun. 4, 2008

Latino Labor Report, 2008: Construction Reverses Job Growth for Latinos

The slump in the construction industry has taken a heavy toll on Latino workers. From a historic low in late 2006, the unemployment rate for Latinos rose sharply in 2007 and currently stands well above the rate for non-Latinos. Immigrant Latino workers have been hit especially hard.

U.S. Politics May. 1, 2008

Obama’s Lead Over Clinton Disappears; Unfavorables Rise for Both Candidates

Barack Obama’s slipping support for the Democratic nomination reflects a modest decline in his personal image rather than improved impressions of Hillary Clinton. Both retain advantage over McCain as economy tops public’s concerns.

U.S. Politics Mar. 27, 2008

Obama Weathers the Wright Storm, Clinton Faces Credibility Problem

Obama’s personal image remains more favorable than Clinton’s – and he retains a 10-point advantage over her in the race for the nomination. But certain beliefs and attitudes among older, white, working-class Democrats are associated with his lower levels of support among this group.

U.S. Politics Mar. 27, 2008

Dismal Views of the National Economy : It’s the Inflation, Stupid

Public satisfaction with the state of the nation is about as low as it has been in 20 years of Pew polling; but optimism about the future rises somewhat.

U.S. Politics Feb. 14, 2008

Economic Discontent Deepens As Inflation Concerns Rise

Public views of the U.S. economy, already quite negative, have plummeted since January. Just 17% currently rate the nation’s economy as excellent or good, down from 26% last month.

Pew Research Center Jan. 31, 2008

GOP Debate’s Economic Focus Mirrors Country’s Growing Concern

But candidates’ perceptions on economic growth and tax cuts diverge from overall public priorities.