U.S. Politics Feb. 23, 2015

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.

Internet & Tech Feb. 15, 2015

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.

Internet & Tech Feb. 12, 2015

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.

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.