PublicationsDecember 20, 2002

Sniper Attacks Draw Most Public Interest in 2002

Introduction and Summary A series of horrifying sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C. area attracted the most public interest of any news story in 2002. But the growing prospects of war with Iraq, as well as the continuing threat of terrorism and the aftermath of 9/11, also drew high levels of attention throughout the year. […]

PublicationsDecember 19, 2002

Among Wealthy Nations …

Introduction and Summary Religion is much more important to Americans than to people living in other wealthy nations. Six-in-ten (59%) people in the U.S. say religion plays a very important role in their lives. This is roughly twice the percentage of self-avowed religious people in Canada (30%), and an even higher proportion when compared with […]

PublicationsDecember 12, 2002

Public More Internationalist than in 1990s

Summary of Findings Americans continue to hold more internationalist views than they did prior to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The public favors cooperation with the United Nations and taking into account the views of U.S. allies to a greater extent than in the 1990s. Most notably, there has been a decline in the percentage […]

DatasetsDecember 12, 2002

December 2002 News Interest Index

PublicationsDecember 4, 2002

What the World Thinks in 2002

Introduction and Summary Global Gloom and Growing Anti-Americanism Despite an initial outpouring of public sympathy for America following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, discontent with the United States has grown around the world over the past two years. Images of the U.S. have been tarnished in all types of nations: among longtime NATO allies, […]

DatasetsDecember 4, 2002

Summer 2002 44-Nation Survey

DatasetsDecember 4, 2002

November 2002 6-Country Survey

PublicationsNovember 11, 2002

Big GOP Gain in Popular Vote Not Reflected in Modest House Seat Shift

A Pew Research Center Note

PublicationsNovember 3, 2002

House Voting Intentions Knotted, National Trend Not Apparent

Summary of Findings As has been the case in recent elections, the popular vote for the House of Representatives is likely to be divided about equally between Republican and Democratic candidates, almost ensuring a narrow advantage for the party that controls the next Congress. The Pew Research Center’s final nationwide survey of 1,035 likely voters […]

DatasetsNovember 3, 2002

November 2002 Election Weekend Survey

PublicationsOctober 30, 2002

Support for Potential Military Action Slips to 55%

Summary of Findings A growing number of Americans oppose military action in Iraq, amid widespread concern over the potential negative consequences of war. For the first time since the Iraq debate intensified this summer, a majority of Democrats oppose the use of force to remove Saddam Hussein from power. And while a 55% majority still […]

DatasetsOctober 30, 2002

Late October 2002 NII Omnibus

PublicationsOctober 17, 2002

Generations Divide Over Military Action in Iraq

A Pew Research Center Note

PublicationsOctober 14, 2002

Issues in Search of a Campaign

by Andrew Kohut in The New York Times

PublicationsOctober 10, 2002

Americans Thinking About Iraq, But Focused on the Economy

Introduction and Summary A possible war with Iraq is an increasing concern of the American public. It has emerged as the national issue that people discuss most often with family and friends, and news interest in the Iraq debate rose dramatically in September. But as the midterm elections approach, it is the economy and other […]

DatasetsOctober 10, 2002

Early October 2002 Election Study

PublicationsOctober 1, 2002

Why The Generic Ballot Test?

Throughout the election season, the Pew Research Center and other major polling organizations report a measure that political insiders sometimes call “the generic ballot.” This measure is the percentage of voters in national surveys who say they intend to vote for either the Republican or the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in […]

PublicationsSeptember 29, 2002

Simply Put, The Public’s View Can’t Be Put Simply

by Andrew Kohut in The Washington Post

PublicationsSeptember 19, 2002

Bush Engages and Persuades Public on Iraq

Introduction and Summary With his speech to the United Nations, President Bush took an important step in making the public case for military action against Iraq. A 52% majority now says Bush has explained clearly what’s at stake for the United States in Iraq. Less than a month ago, just 37% felt the president had […]

DatasetsSeptember 19, 2002

September 2002 Omnibus Surveys