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Website of the Week — Pew Research


Time again for our Website of the Week, when we showcase interesting and innovative online destinations. Our web guide is VOA's Art Chimes.

This week, it's the website of an organization whose studies and public opinion surveys paint a vivid portrait of Americans and what they think - the Pew Research Center.

ALLEN: "You won't find many opinions here. You'll find a lot of facts, though. And I think facts are interesting."

Jodie Allen is an editor at PewResearch.org, which charts trends in demographics, journalism, economics, the environment, and many other fields.

ALLEN: "Religion is always a big draw. The Internet things are always of interest. And of course our political polls are, too. I don't want to downplay that. But the social and demographic trends, like we just put out a survey on how the middle class is doing and where the stresses and strains are coming from - that was a big draw."

Browsing Pew's surveys and analyses can give you a good start toward understanding what's going on in the United States.

In recent weeks, PewResearch.org has posted reports on religious belief and the brain, how the economy has displaced Iraq as a political issue, and the Internet's role in consumer decision-making.

Pew also does surveys around the world, and at PewResearch.org you can see the latest assessment of global opinions.

ALLEN: "This past week we just put out the first report from our most recent global attitudes survey on two things, primarily: attitudes toward America and Americans, and secondly, attitudes toward China."

Pew editor Jodie Allen also highlights the site's Daily Number. Here's one from this past week: 20 percent. That's the percent of adults under age 30 who say being wealthy is a top priority for them. The percent declines among older Americans, but non-whites and immigrants think it's more important to be rich.

Get more facts in a fascinating look at issues and trends in American life and world opinion at PewResearch.org, or get the link to this and more than 200 other Websites of the Week from our site, voanews.com.

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