Global Feb. 12, 2015

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.

U.S. Politics Feb. 10, 2015

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.

U.S. Politics Feb. 9, 2015

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.

Media & News Feb. 5, 2015

Investigative Journalists & Digital Security

Two-thirds (64%) of IRE journalists believe the U.S. government has probably collected data on their communications.

Internet & Tech Jan. 29, 2015

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.

U.S. Politics Jan. 22, 2015

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.

U.S. Politics Jan. 20, 2015

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.

U.S. Politics Jan. 16, 2015

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.

U.S. Politics Jan. 15, 2015

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%).

Internet & Tech Jan. 15, 2015

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.