Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware
Violence plunged through the 1990s, but has declined less dramatically since 2000. Despite the drop, 56% of Americans believe gun crime is higher today than 20 years ago.
A Dismal Public Mood in Pakistan
Roughly nine-in-ten Pakistanis believe the country is on the wrong track, and about eight-in-ten say the economy is in poor shape. Meanwhile, concerns about extremist groups have increased markedly.
After Boston, Little Changes in Views of Islam and Violence
The public is split on whether Islam is more likely than other religions to encourage violence among its believers, but there are sizable partisan, demographic and religious differences in views of Islam and violence.
Demographic Portrait of U.S. Mexican-Origin Hispanics
A record 33.7 million Hispanics of Mexican origin resided in the United States in 2012, including 11.4 million immigrants born in Mexico and 22.3 million born in the U.S.
Public Undecided On New Immigration Bill
Much of the public has yet to form an opinion about the immigration bill and most Americans do not think the bill would have a major impact on the nation’s economy or security. Overall, the debate over immigration policy has drawn little public attention.
Middle East Publics Fear Spread of Syrian Violence
Despite worries, there is little regional support for military intervention by Western or Arab countries.
Why Parents Love Libraries
The vast majority of parents of minor children feel libraries are very important for their children, not only because they foster a love of reading, but also because they provide information, resources and a safe place.
The World’s Muslims
A new global survey of Muslims shows they are deeply committed to their faith and want its teachings to shape not only their personal lives but also their societies and politics.
Support for Military Force if Syria Used Chemical Weapons
More Americans favor than oppose the U.S. and its allies taking military action against Syria, if it is confirmed that Syria used chemical weapons against anti-government groups.
U.S. Image Rebounds in Mexico
Two-thirds of Mexicans have a favorable opinion of the U.S and about half express confidence in President Obama. Fewer Mexicans say they see a better life in the U.S., but 35% say they would migrate.