Time again for our Website of the Week, when we showcase interesting
and innovative online destinations. Our web guide is VOA's Art Chimes.
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."
Allen is an editor at PewResearch.org
, which charts trends in
demographics, journalism, economics, the environment, and many other
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
Browsing Pew's surveys and analyses can give you a good start toward understanding what's going on in the United States.
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.
"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."
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.