Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
More Express Sympathy for Israel than the Palestinians
Most Americans say they sympathize “a lot” (34%) or “some” (32%) with Israel, while roughly a quarter sympathize with Israel “not much” (15%) or “not at all” (12%).
Mood in Pakistan Less Gloomy
Most Pakistanis remain unhappy with the country’s direction, but the public mood is more positive than it has been in recent years. The share saying the economy is in good shape has doubled since last year, and nearly two-thirds view Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif favorably.
Republicans Open Up Wider ‘Expectations Gap’ Ahead of Midterms
With just over two months before the midterm elections, Republican voters are widening the “expectations gap” with the Democrats.
Mexicans Souring on President Peña Nieto
Mexican President Peña Nieto’s positive image is faltering amid decidedly unpopular economic reforms. Six-in-ten Mexicans are dissatisfied with their country’s economy and most remain unhappy with the direction of their country.
Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’
Our case study found people were less likely to discuss the Snowden-NSA story on social media than they were in person. And if they thought their friends and followers disagreed with them, they were less likely to want to discuss the issue at all.
Police Forces Nationally Get Low Marks From Public
Most Americans give relatively low marks to police departments around the country for holding officers accountable for misconduct, using the appropriate amount of force, and treating racial and ethnic groups equally.
Approval of Airstrikes in Iraq, But Worry about U.S. Involvement
The American public backs airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq and more now say the U.S. has a responsibility to act, but there is widespread concern about the U.S. becoming too involved in the situation.
Stark Racial Divisions in Reactions to Ferguson Police Shooting
Blacks are about twice as likely as whites to say that the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., raises important issues about race and that police have gone too far in responding to the shooting’s aftermath.
Puerto Ricans Leaving Island for Mainland
Puerto Ricans have left the financially troubled island for the U.S. mainland this decade in their largest numbers since the Great Migration after World War II, citing job-related reasons above all others.
Kohut: How Americans View an Unruly World
Andrew Kohut writes in the Wall Street Journal that when Americans look at the world’s trouble spots, majorities are inclined to say they aren’t our problem.