A Decade After the Financial Crisis, Economic Confidence Rebounds in Many Countries
The improvement in the public’s economic mood has been dramatic in some nations, but pessimism about the future lingers, as does a sense that economic conditions were better pre-crisis.
Republicans, Democrats See Opposing Party as More Ideological Than Their Own
Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to view the Democratic Party as very liberal. And the pattern is similar, though less pronounced, in views of the GOP’s ideology: More Democrats than Republicans see the Republican Party as very conservative.
Partisan Divides in Views of Many Countries – but Not North Korea
Republicans and Democrats express overwhelmingly negative views of North Korea. Republicans have warmer feelings about Russia. The widest partisan differences are in opinions about Mexico.
News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2018
About two-thirds of Americans get news on social media at least occasionally, about the same share as in 2017. Many of these consumers are skeptical of the information they see there.
The Religious Typology
A new analysis looks at beliefs and behaviors that cut across many religious denominations – important traits that unite people of different faiths, or that divide those of the same religious affiliation.
As Trade Tensions Rise, Fewer Americans See China Favorably
Overall, 38% of Americans have a favorable opinion of China, down slightly from 44% in 2017. Concerns about China include economic threats, cyberattacks, environmental damage and human rights.
Trump Has Met the Public’s Modest Expectations for His Presidency
Americans had fairly low expectations for Donald Trump’s presidency just before the 2016 election. Their current views of his administration’s performance vary little from these pre-election predictions.
How Teens and Parents Navigate Screen Time and Device Distractions
Roughly half of U.S. teens say they spend too much time on their cellphones, and two-thirds of parents express concern over their teen’s screen time. But parents face their own challenges of device-related distraction.
Russians Say Their Government Did Not Try to Influence U.S. Presidential Election
Roughly seven-in-ten Russians say their government did not try to meddle in the U.S. presidential election in 2016. However, 85% say the U.S. tries to shape the internal affairs of other countries.
As Midterms Near, Democrats Are More Politically Active Than Republicans
Across a range of political activities – from attending political rallies to donating to campaigns – voters who back Democratic candidates for Congress are reporting higher levels of political activity than GOP voters.