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.
Obama, in a Word
As public perceptions of Barack Obama have changed, so too have the words used to describe him. While familiar words like “good” and “incompetent” are used most frequently (as was the case in 2013) new words like “dictator” and “impressive” also have emerged.
Americans Support Stronger Ties with Cuba
Fully 63% of Americans approve of the Obama administration’s decision in December to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba after more than 50 years.
Americans’ Top Priorities for 2015
For the first time in five years, as many Americans cite defending the U.S. against terrorism (76%) as a top policy priority as say that about strengthening the nation’s economy (75%).
Social Media & Stress
Frequent use of social media is not directly related to higher stress. But stress can be contagious through social media channels: Social media users are often more aware of the stressful events in others’ lives, and this awareness itself can lead to higher stress.