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.
AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs
Experts anticipate that robotics and artificial intelligence will permeate wide segments of our work and daily lives by 2025, but they are divided on whether these advances will displace more jobs than they create.
Modest Improvement in Views of Economic News
Amid recent reports on the U.S. unemployment rate and gross domestic product, public views of economic news have improved modestly since February.
Shifting Views of Supreme Court’s Ideology among Liberals, Conservatives
Overall views of the U.S. Supreme Court – and its ideology – have changed only modestly since last measured in April before the court’s end-of-term decisions, including the Hobby Lobby ruling that limits the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive requirement.
Turks Divided on Erdogan and the Country’s Direction
Turks are almost evenly split between those who are happy with Prime Minister Erdogan’s leadership and the state of the nation, and those who believe his government is leading the country down the wrong path.
Far More Continue to View Russia as a ‘Serious Problem’ Than as an ‘Adversary’
Most Americans still are not inclined to view Russia as an adversary, though the share saying Russia represents a serious problem has continued to increase, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center.