Fact Tank Aug. 15, 2013

Inflation: Low by the numbers, but still a big public concern

About eight-in-ten Americans think rising prices are a “very” or “moderately” big problem.

Fact Tank Jul. 29, 2013

As Israelis, Palestinians get ready for peace talks, many welcome American role

Many critics have questioned whether Secretary of State John Kerry’s focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is worth the effort, given the region’s rich history of diplomatic disappointment, but Kerry has managed to bring the two sides together this week in Washington for their first talks in several years.  Polling finds limited optimism about the prospects […]

Fact Tank Jul. 29, 2013

Americans want to mind their own business

Nearly half of Americans say the country should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along as best they can on their own.

Fact Tank Jul. 9, 2013

Many Venezuelans want better relations with the U.S.

A plurality of Venezuelans (44%) prefer to have a closer relationship with the U.S. than existed during the presidency of Hugo Chavez.

Fact Tank Jul. 8, 2013

Challenge for Egypt: Finding leaders with wide support

Political unrest continued in Egypt after a chaotic political week in which two of the key players – both unpopular with the Egyptian public – illustrated the difficulty in finding a leader who can overcome the country’s divisions.

Fact Tank Jul. 8, 2013

Global restrictions on religion increased following the Arab Spring

In 2011, a strong majority of the world’s population lived in countries with high religious restrictions.

Fact Tank Jun. 28, 2013

Egyptians plan nationwide protests as discontent grows under Morsi

June 30 will mark one year since Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi took office, and the country’s opposition movement is planning to commemorate the anniversary with nationwide protests that, even by recent Egyptian standards, are likely to be quite large. Over the last year, Morsi has presided over growing political polarization and increasing disappointment with the […]

Fact Tank Jun. 27, 2013

Obama seeks to improve economic ties with South Africa as China edges in

President Obama’s trip to South Africa this week aims to strengthen economic ties between the two countries at a time when China’s growing economic presence in the region has added a new dynamic. According to the European Commission, in 2011, China accounted for a larger share of South Africa’s trade than the U.S. did. And the […]

Fact Tank Jun. 27, 2013

Most Americans believe climate change is real, but fewer see it as a threat

Four-in-ten Americans see global climate change as a major threat to the U.S., fewer than publics in other countries.

Fact Tank Jun. 18, 2013

In Germany, they still love Obama

On Wednesday, Barack Obama returns to Berlin, home to one of the more dramatic moments from his first presidential campaign. In July 2008, speaking beneath the city’s 200-foot-tall Victory Column, Obama pledged to heal the transatlantic divisions that had erupted during then-President George W. Bush’s time in office. “The walls between old allies on either […]