Growing Support for Campaign Against ISIS
About twice as many Americans approve (63%) as disapprove (30%) of the U.S. military campaign against ISIS. While the idea of sending ground troops is more divisive, it draws higher support than it did four months ago.
Increased Public Support for the U.S. Arming Ukraine
As fighting continues in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russian-backed rebels, the public has become more supportive of sending arms to the Ukrainian government and increasing sanctions on Russia.
How Scientists Engage the Public
Most scientists (87%) believe it is important to participate in public policy debates. Almost half use social media to discuss or follow science, and nearly a quarter blog about science and research.
How Different Groups Think about Scientific Issues
Different demographic groups think differently about scientific issues. For example, those more likely to think genetically modified food is unsafe include women, African-Americans and Hispanics, and those without college degrees.
Political Discontent in Emerging, Developing Nations
A median of 52% across 31 emerging and developing nations surveyed are dissatisfied with their political system, with Middle Easterners and Latin Americans voicing the greatest displeasure.
Views of Job News Turn More Positive Over Past Year
For the first time since the end of the recession in 2009, a greater share of the public is hearing mostly good news (28%) than bad news (22%) about the job situation.
Large Majority Views Measles Vaccine as Safe
An 83% majority of Americans — including majorities across virtually every demographic and partisan group — say vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) are safe for healthy children.
Investigative Journalists & Digital Security
Two-thirds (64%) of IRE journalists believe the U.S. government has probably collected data on their communications.
Views on Science & Science-Related Policy
Both the American public and scientists value the contributions of science, but there are large differences in how each perceives science-related issues.
How Americans View Government Agencies
The public continues to express positive views of many agencies of the federal government, even though overall trust in government is near historic lows.