May. 22, 2007

Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream

The first-ever, nationwide, random sample survey of Muslim Americans finds them to be largely assimilated, happy with their lives, and moderate with respect to many of the issues that have divided Muslims and Westerners around the world.

U.S. Politics May. 9, 2007

Are Americans Ready to Elect a Female President?

When evaluating Sen. Hillary Clinton’s 2008 prospects, one question remains inescapable: Are American voters ready to pick a female president? A review of exit polls in statewide elections suggests that, at least for Democratic candidates, being a woman is not an obstacle.

Pew Research Center Apr. 30, 2007

Abortion Ruling Sets New State Battle Lines

Prompted by the U.S. Supreme Court’s approval of a federal ban on partial-birth abortion, activists on both sides of the abortion battle are aiming their sights at state capitols, where new campaigns already are under way.

Religion Apr. 25, 2007

Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American Religion

Hispanics are altering the profile of American religion by their growing numbers and by their distinctive practice of Christianity. A new study by the Pew Hispanic Center and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life also finds Latinos’ influence on U.S. politics and public affairs is strongly affected by the particular characteristics of their faith.

U.S. Politics Apr. 23, 2007

Va. Tech Shootings Produce Little Boost for Gun Control

Six-in-ten Americans say it is more important to control gun ownership, while 32% give priority to protecting Americans’ right to own guns. But a 55% majority opposes a ban on the sale of handguns.

Religion Apr. 19, 2007

High Court Decision Could Raise Abortion’s Profile in Campaign

Although the court did not entirely eliminate the health exception, Wednesday’s 5-4 Supreme Court decision upholding a federal law banning a controversial abortion procedure probably made the waiver less meaningful. This will almost certainly energize both sides in the abortion debate and put pressure on presidential contenders to take clearer positions on the issue.

U.S. Politics Apr. 18, 2007

Most Say Imus’s Punishment Was Appropriate

A new survey finds that Americans generally agree with the punishment radio host Don Imus received for the racist and sexist remarks he made about the Rutgers University’s women basketball team. Nonetheless, there are substantial racial differences in views of Imus’s punishment, and the media’s coverage of the story.

Pew Research Center Apr. 17, 2007

After the Tragedy: Va. Tech Shootings Revive Debate over Gun Control

The rampage at the Blacksburg, Va., campus touched a nerve over gun safety on college campuses, including among Virginia lawmakers who had recently sparred over a firearms ban.

Religion Apr. 11, 2007

The Culture War and the Coming Election

No hot-button issue currently dominates in the presidential campaigns, but court decisions and other events could change that quickly.

U.S. Politics Apr. 4, 2007

The NRA’s Image Improves as Support for Gun Control Slips

Surveys taken before the Virginia Tech shootings showed that Americans had become less disposed to support gun control measures than they were in the years surrounding the Columbine school shootings in 1999.