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Jacob Poushter

Senior Researcher

Jacob Poushter is a senior researcher at Pew Research Center. He is an expert in international survey research and writes about international public opinion on a variety of topics, including the international image of the United States, technology use around the world, views about extremism in predominantly Muslim nations and in the West, and public opinion on international threats. He is also responsible for designing survey questionnaires, managing survey projects, analyzing data and writing Fact Tank blog posts.

Poushter received a master’s degree in international affairs from American University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Williams College. He is an author of studies on global threats, internet use in both the emerging and developed world, and public opinion on extremism in the Muslim world and the West. He has also written numerous blog posts on topics such as international views of the U.S. and its president, contrasting opinions among elites and the American public, and international opinion of the United Nations.

Poushter regularly talks about the Center’s findings in print and broadcast media and has been featured on Bloomberg TV and CTV, as well as in other international media outlets. He has also traveled to Sweden, Portugal and Kazakhstan to explain the Center’s work and has participated in numerous presentations and panels in Washington, D.C.

Publications
GlobalAugust 21, 2018

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.

GlobalJune 19, 2018

Social Media Use Continues to Rise in Developing Countries but Plateaus Across Developed Ones

As people in advanced economies reach the upper bounds of internet penetration, the digital divide continues to narrow between wealthy and developing countries.

Pew Research CenterMay 9, 2018

U.S. international relations scholars, global citizens differ sharply on views of threats to their country

U.S. foreign policy scholars are more concerned about climate change and less worried about ISIS and refugees than the U.S. public and general publics abroad.

GlobalJanuary 16, 2018

Many people in other countries closely follow news about the U.S.

Across 37 countries surveyed in the spring of 2017, a median of 48% say they closely follow news about the U.S., compared with 50% who do not. Interest in news about the U.S. is highest in Canada, where 78% say they track it closely. Next highest is the Netherlands (75%), followed by some of America’s closest allies: Japan, Germany and Australia. Across 10 European nations, a median of 51% say they follow news about America closely.

GlobalDecember 11, 2017

Key Middle East Publics See Russia, Turkey and U.S. All Playing Larger Roles in Region

A median of 53% in five Middle Eastern and North African countries also see Iran playing a more important role, but fewer say Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have gained influence.

GlobalDecember 5, 2017

Worldwide, People Divided on Whether Life Today Is Better Than in the Past

People in Vietnam, India and South Korea are generally positive about life today in their countries compared with 50 years ago. But in many places, like Latin America, peoples’ outlooks are more negative.

GlobalDecember 4, 2017

How Americans and Germans view their countries’ relationship

The U.S.-Germany relationship has been a cornerstone in international relations. Yet, people in both countries differ in their views of the bilateral relationship.

GlobalJuly 6, 2017

Most G20 countries have little confidence in Putin, Trump on world affairs

Few people in G20 member countries have confidence in either Donald Trump or Vladimir Putin to do the right thing regarding world affairs.

GlobalJuly 5, 2017

On world affairs, most G20 countries more confident in Merkel than Trump

Among 17 Group of Twenty member countries, residents in just two countries have substantially more confidence in Trump than in Merkel on world affairs.

GlobalJune 26, 2017

Around the world, favorability of the U.S. and confidence in its president decline

Global views of the U.S. and its president have shifted dramatically downward since the end of Barack Obama’s presidency and the start of Donald Trump’s.