U.S. Politics Mar. 12, 2008

Awareness of Iraq War Fatalities Plummets

Public awareness of the number of American military killed in Iraq has declined sharply since last August along with news coverage of the war. A new Pew News IQ survey provides an updated look at the public’s knowledge of political and world affairs.

U.S. Politics Feb. 28, 2008

Obama Has the Lead, but Potential Problems Too

Obama has moved out to a broad-based advantage over Clinton in the national Democratic primary contest. Public attitudes about the war in Iraq have turned more positive, a favorable development for McCain.

Media & News Dec. 19, 2007

Iraq Portrait: How the Press Has Covered Events on the Ground

Through the first 10 months of 2007, the news media’s picture of Iraq was painted mostly in bleak colors. But reports about daily attacks declined in late summer and fall, as did the amount of coverage from Iraq overall.

Global Nov. 27, 2007

Will Shared Concern about Iran Provide Common Ground for Middle East Negotiators in Annapolis?

Chances for progress at the Middle East conference should be bolstered by the presence of Saudi Arabia, which is viewed as a key ally in much of the Arab world.

U.S. Politics Nov. 27, 2007

Public Sees Progress in War Effort

For the first time in a long time, nearly half of Americans express positive opinions about the situation in Iraq and judgments about the overall situation in Iraq have been improving steadily since the summer.

Pew Research Center Sep. 27, 2007

Dems Debate Iraq Withdrawal Timetable

When debate moderator Tim Russert asked the Democratic presidential candidates if they would pledge to have all U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of their first term, the leading candidates all declined to make a firm pledge. Are they in sync — or out of sync — with the views of Democratic voters on the question of an Iraq war withdrawal timetable?

U.S. Politics Sep. 18, 2007

Petraeus’ Proposals Draw Public Approval, But Fail to Lift War Support

A new Pew survey finds most Americans (57%) approve of the general’s recommendations for troop withdrawals, but just 16% say Petraeus’ statements have made them more optimistic about the war, while 67% say their views were unchanged by the general’s report.

U.S. Politics Sep. 5, 2007

What Could Convince Americans to Stay the Course in Iraq?

A look at the course of opinions about the Iraq war over the past few years suggests that two crucial but opposing factors in U.S. thinking will likely shape the public’s response to the Petraeus report.

U.S. Politics Aug. 28, 2007

Along the Iraq-Vietnam Parallel

To many observers the most obvious parallel between the two conflicts is that, after early public support, disillusionment mounted as hostilities dragged on. But while the overall trajectory is similar, an important political difference distinguishes public attitudes toward the two wars.

Media & News Aug. 20, 2007

Presidential Campaign Overtakes Iraq as Media’s Top Story

The 2008 Presidential campaign — with its crowded field and accelerated timetable — emerged as the leading story in the American news media in the second quarter of 2007, supplanting the policy debate over Iraq.