Wide Partisan Differences Over the Issues That Matter in 2014
Heading into the final weeks before the midterm elections, Republican and Democratic voters are split not only over their candidate preferences, but also about the importance of key issues in the election.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%).
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.