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.

U.S. Politics Aug. 2, 2007

A Summer of Discontent with Washington

All three branches of the federal government are under fire from the American public. Just 29% approve of President Bush’s job performance while the proportion with a favorable view of Congress has declined 12 percentage points since January. Even favorable opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court have fallen, from 72% in January to 57% currently.

Religion Jul. 11, 2007

In Search of a Way Out: Rethinking the Arab-Israeli Conflict

In an interview with the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, Palestinian scholar Sari Nusseibeh discusses ways in which a settlement could help resolve the larger tensions between Islam and other faiths.

U.S. Politics Jun. 29, 2007

Iraq Dominates News Landscape in First Half of 2007

So far, the war in Iraq has eclipsed most other 2007news stories. Second string stories ranged from politics and crime to pet food and celebrities, but the public stayed primarily tuned to casualties and troop levels.

Global Jun. 27, 2007

Global Unease with Major World Powers and Leaders

A new survey finds continuing anti-American sentiment and significant slippage in China’s image among the publics of other major nations. Concern about environmental degradation as a major threat to the planet has increased substantially in 20 of 35 countries for which trends are available.

Media & News Jun. 21, 2007

Missing in Action: News Coverage of Private Contract Forces in Iraq

Extensive reliance in the Iraq conflict on military forces hired by private firms is a significant new element in 21St Century warfare. But what does the American public know about this phenomenon?

U.S. Politics Jun. 7, 2007

Mixed Views on Immigration Bill

The public is ambivalent about the immigration bill being debated in the Senate, but a majority favors one of its key goals – providing a way for illegal aliens to become citizens. The public supports such a provision even when it is described as “amnesty,” a new Pew survey finds.

Religion May. 30, 2007

A Six-Day War: Its Aftermath in American Public Opinion

For 40 years since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, the U.S. public has sympathized more with Israel than with the Palestinians almost regardless of the news of the day, through the making and collapse of peace agreements and attacks and reprisals by all sides.