U.S. Politics Sep. 15, 2010

Public Focused on Tensions over Islam

As the nation marked the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks last week, many in the public and the media focused more on current tensions over Islam in America.

U.S. Politics Sep. 12, 2010

Americans Spending More Time Following the News

Americans are increasingly integrating new technologies into their news consumption habits. As a result, the average time spent with the news is as high as it was in the mid-1990s.

U.S. Politics Sep. 9, 2010

Views of Economic News Little Changed

The public’s perceptions of economic news remain mixed, but continue to be much more negative than they were earlier this year.

U.S. Politics Sep. 1, 2010

Public Divided Over Tone of Mosque Fight

Among those who see the debate as rude and disrespectful, most say opponents of the Islamic center are mostly to blame.

Media & News Aug. 25, 2010

How the Media Covered the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

The disaster in the Gulf dominated the news for the 100 days following the initial rig explosion. A media analysis finds the mainstream press spent considerable time reporting from the region and humanizing the crisis.

U.S. Politics Aug. 25, 2010

New York Islamic Center Debate Tops Coverage, But Not News Interest

More than four-in-ten Republicans (44%) say they followed news about the mosque debate very closely, compared with 28% each of Democrats and independents.

U.S. Politics Aug. 11, 2010

More Hearing Good News About Gulf Spill

Perceptions of news about the oil leak have become somewhat more positive, while views of economic news remain mixed. About one-in-five track news about the overturn of California’s gay marriage ban and the planned Islamic cultural center in New York.

U.S. Politics Aug. 3, 2010

Mixed Public Reaction to WikiLeaks

About equal percentages say the release of classified documents about the war in Afghanistan harms the public interest as say it serves the public interest. Most say Chelsea Clinton’s wedding received too much attention from the press.

U.S. Politics Jul. 28, 2010

Sherrod Story: Heavy Coverage, Modest Interest

Despite heavy coverage of the Shirley Sherrod affair, the oil leak in the Gulf was by far the public’s most closely followed news story.

U.S. Politics Jul. 21, 2010

Public Hears Better News from the Gulf

Most Americans are hearing some good news from the Gulf. On balance, more see Republicans gaining a majority in House after the fall elections.