U.S. Politics Sep. 10, 2014

Growing Public Concern about Rise of Islamic Extremism

62% of Americans are very concerned about the rise of Islamic extremism around the world, the largest share dating back to 2007. And 53% are very concerned about such a rise in the U.S., equal to a record high.

Internet & Tech Sep. 10, 2014

How Young Americans Engage With Libraries

Millennials are more likely than older adults to have used a library website in the past year and just as likely to have read a book, but they are among the least likely to say that libraries are important: just 19% say their library’s closing would have a major impact on them.

Global Sep. 9, 2014

Global Public Glum About Economy

In most of the 44 countries surveyed, people say their country is heading in the wrong direction and that economic conditions are bad. Only in developing economies is there some semblance of satisfaction with economic performance.

U.S. Politics Sep. 4, 2014

56% of Americans Believe They Are ‘Falling Behind’ Financially

Public views of the job market have improved modestly, but overall economic optimism remains limited. Many say their incomes are falling behind the cost of living and 45% have experienced a serious financial hardship.

Hispanic Sep. 3, 2014

Share of Long-Term Unauthorized Immigrants Rises

The number of unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. has stabilized since the end of the Great Recession in 2009. Those who remain are more likely to be long-term residents, and to live with their U.S.-born children.

U.S. Politics Sep. 3, 2014

More Prioritize Border Security in Immigration Debate

As President Obama considers executive action to delay the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, the public’s priorities for U.S. immigration policy have shifted, with more people favoring a focus on better border security and tougher enforcement of immigration laws.

U.S. Politics Aug. 28, 2014

As Global Threats Loom, More Say U.S. Does Too Little

The share of Americans saying the U.S. does too little to address global problems has nearly doubled since last November. The Islamic militants known as ISIS or ISIL tops the public’s list of security concerns.

U.S. Politics Aug. 28, 2014

More Express Sympathy for Israel than the Palestinians

Most Americans say they sympathize “a lot” (34%) or “some” (32%) with Israel, while roughly a quarter sympathize with Israel “not much” (15%) or “not at all” (12%).

Global Aug. 27, 2014

Mood in Pakistan Less Gloomy

Most Pakistanis remain unhappy with the country’s direction, but the public mood is more positive than it has been in recent years. The share saying the economy is in good shape has doubled since last year, and nearly two-thirds view Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif favorably.

U.S. Politics Aug. 26, 2014

Republicans Open Up Wider ‘Expectations Gap’ Ahead of Midterms

With just over two months before the midterm elections, Republican voters are widening the “expectations gap” with the Democrats.