PublicationsMarch 16, 2010

With Growing Awareness of Census, Most Ready to Fill Out Forms

As forms for the 2010 U.S. Census arrive in households across the nation this week, a new Pew Research Center survey finds nearly universal awareness of the census, with 94% of Americans saying they have heard of the census and 79% having heard something recently about it. Nearly nine-in-ten Americans (87%) now say they […]

DatasetsMarch 16, 2010

March 2010 Political Survey

PublicationsMarch 10, 2010

Deficit Concerns Rise, But Solutions Are Elusive

PublicationsMarch 10, 2010

Health Care Debate Back Atop Public’s News Agenda

Summary of Findings As Americans continue to track the debate over health care reform closely, a growing minority – now 39% – says they think health care legislation will pass this year. Just before the Feb. 25 bipartisan summit at the White House to discuss the stymied legislation, 27% said they thought a bill would […]

PublicationsMarch 3, 2010

Public Focuses on Health Care and Olympics

Summary of Findings Americans say the two news stories they followed most closely last week were the reinvigorated debate over health care reform in Washington and the second week of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. In interviews shortly after the Feb. 25 bipartisan summit on health care legislation, a quarter of the public (25%) says […]

PublicationsMarch 2, 2010

Support for Alternative Energy and Offshore Drilling

The public continues to favor a wide range of government policies to address the nation’s energy supply. More than three-quarters of the public (78%) favors increasing federal funding for research on wind, solar and hydrogen technology. A large majority (70%) also favors spending more on subway, rail and bus systems. Both measures are little […]

PublicationsFebruary 24, 2010

Winter Olympics Tops Public’s News Interests

Summary of Findings Americans say they followed news about the Winter Olympics in Vancouver more closely than any other major news story last week. The Olympics also proved to be one of two stories people talked about most frequently with friends. The other was Tiger Woods’ televised apology for marital infidelities. About a quarter of […]

PublicationsFebruary 23, 2010

Favorability Ratings of Labor Unions Fall Sharply

Favorable views of labor unions have plummeted since 2007, amid growing public skepticism about unions’ purpose and power. Currently, 41% say they have a favorable opinion of labor unions while about as many (42%) express an unfavorable opinion. In January 2007, a clear majority (58%) had a favorable view of unions while just 31% […]

PublicationsFebruary 22, 2010

Democrats’ Gloom and Doom Is Premature

PublicationsFebruary 18, 2010

Democrats’ Edge Among Millennials Slips

PublicationsFebruary 17, 2010

Haiti, Snowstorms, Economy Vie for Public’s Attention

Summary of Findings Americans say they tracked the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti more closely than any other major news story last week, but they also kept a close watch on news about the U.S. economy and the powerful snow storms that hit the nation’s East Coast and South. Three-in-ten (30%) say they followed […]

PublicationsFebruary 12, 2010

Midterm Election Challenges for Both Parties

Summary of Findings Nine months ahead of the midterm elections, voters have conflicted attitudes about both political parties. Opinions of the Republican Party have improved significantly, and for the first time in years the GOP’s favorable ratings nearly equal the Democratic Party’s. Voting intentions for the fall elections also remain closely divided. However, the Democratic […]

DatasetsFebruary 12, 2010

February 2010 Political Survey

PublicationsFebruary 11, 2010

Press Gets Good Marks For Covering Toyota Troubles

Summary of Findings Americans continue to closely track news about the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti and the U.S. economy, paying less close attention to the fast-evolving story about serious safety problems with Toyota automobiles. Still, the public is quite laudatory of press coverage of the automaker’s problems. More than four-in-ten say they followed […]

PublicationsFebruary 4, 2010

Millennials’ Lukewarm Support For Health Care Bills

PublicationsFebruary 3, 2010

Public Focus Still on Haiti; Media Shifts to State of Union

Summary of Findings In a week when the media focused heavily on Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address and the state of the economy, Americans continued to track news about the earthquake in Haiti more closely than any other major news story. Four-in-ten say they followed news about the aftermath of the earthquake […]

PublicationsFebruary 1, 2010

Inviting Centrists to the Tea Party

PublicationsFebruary 1, 2010

Olympics Bridge Gender Divide In Sports Interest

PublicationsFebruary 1, 2010

Almost All Millennials Accept Interracial Dating and Marriage

PublicationsJanuary 28, 2010

Senate Legislative Process A Mystery To Many

The public has consistently expressed strong interest in the health care debate, but relatively few Americans can correctly answer two key questions related to the Senate’s consideration of health care legislation. In the latest installment of the Pew Research Center’s News IQ Quiz, just 32% know that the Senate passed its version of the […]