Pew Research CenterSeptember 17, 2012

Dividing People into ’Liberals,’ ’Moderates’ and ’Conservatives’ – Too Simplistic?

Assessing the value of using the labels “moderate,” “liberal” and “conservative” to describe the electorate.

Pew Research CenterSeptember 11, 2012

Record Partisan Gap in Views of Economic News

Just 15% of Democrats say recent economic news is mostly bad, down from 31% a month ago and among the lowest percentages over the last four years. Six-in-ten Republicans (60%) say news about the economy is mostly bad, as do 36% of independents.

Pew Research CenterJuly 31, 2012

Two-Thirds of Democrats Now Support Gay Marriage

Reports that the Democratic Party may add support for gay marriage to its party platform are in keeping with a significant shift of opinion on this issue among Democrats nationwide. A new report finds that support for same-sex marriage among Democrats has jumped from 50% in 2008 to 65% today.

Pew Research CenterJuly 19, 2012

Asian Americans and Religion

As their numbers rise, Asian Americans have been largely responsible for the growth of non-Abrahamic faiths in the U.S., particularly Buddhism and Hinduism. At the same time, most Asian Americans belong to the country’s two largest religious groups: Christians and people who say they have no particular religious affiliation.

Pew Research CenterJune 19, 2012

Health Care News Coverage Wanes; Opponents Won the ’Messaging’ War

Health care reform largely disappeared as a subject in the American news media as it wended its way through the legal system to the Supreme Court. But during the the political battle over the legislation, opponents of the reform won the so-called “messaging war” in the coverage.

Pew Research CenterJune 4, 2012

Partisan Polarization Surges in Bush, Obama Years

Americans values and basic beliefs are more polarized along partisan lines than at any point in the past 25 years. Party has now become the single largest fissure in American society, with the values gap between Republicans and Democrats greater than gender, age, race or class divides.

Pew Research CenterApril 4, 2012

When Labels Don’t Fit: Hispanics and Their Views of Identity

Nearly four decades after the United States government mandated the use of the terms “Hispanic” or “Latino” to categorize Americans who trace their roots to Spanish-speaking countries, a new nationwide survey of Hispanic adults finds that these terms still haven’t been fully embraced by Hispanics themselves.

Pew Research CenterMarch 12, 2012

Social Networking Sites and Politics

Postings on social networking sites reveal surprises for many users when it comes to the political views of their friends. Nearly four-in-ten users discovered through postings by friends that their political beliefs were different than they thought. A small percentage of users blocked, unfriended or hidden someone on the site because their political postings.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 12, 2012

Mormons in America

A new nationally representative survey focused exclusively on Mormons explores their religious beliefs and practices, political ideology, views on moral and social issues, and attitudes toward faith, family life, the media and society.

Pew Research CenterDecember 28, 2011

Little Change in Public’s Response to ’Capitalism,’ ’Socialism’

The recent Occupy Wall Street protests have focused public attention on what organizers see as the excesses of America’s free market system, but perceptions of capitalism — and even of socialism — have changed little since early 2010 despite the recent tumult.