Laura Silver is a senior researcher at Pew Research Center. She is an expert in international survey research and writes about international public opinion on a variety of topics, including media usage and partisanship in Europe, Chinese public opinion, and global attitudes toward China. She is involved in all aspects of the research process, including designing survey questionnaires and sample designs, managing fieldwork, processing and analyzing data, and writing reports. Prior to joining Pew Research Center, she was a foreign affairs research analyst at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of Opinion Research where she designed and implemented surveys in multiple countries in East Asia. She received a dual Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication and the political science department at the University of Pennsylvania where her work focused on American public opinion of China, particularly in the context of presidential elections. Her work has been published in journals such as the International Journal of Public Opinion Research and International Studies Quarterly.
How traditional and populist party support differs across Western Europe
Explore our new interactive feature to learn more about what traditional and populist party support looks like in Western Europe.
How Americans and Western Europeans compare on 4 key social and political issues
Americans and Western Europeans have broadly similar views on certain social and political issues. For example, majorities of Americans and Western Europeans see immigrants as beneficial to their economies and support certain rights for gays and lesbians.
In Western Europe, Populist Parties Tap Anti-Establishment Frustration but Have Little Appeal Across Ideological Divide
Regardless of populist sentiments, people in Western Europe tend to favor parties that reflect their own ideological orientation. With regard to policy, too, ideology continues to matter.
The populist parties that shook up Italy’s election
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In Western Europe, Public Attitudes Toward News Media More Divided by Populist Views Than Left-Right Ideology
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A global median of 75% want their news media to be unbiased when covering political issues, yet many say the news media do a poor job of reporting on political issues fairly.
Transatlantic Dialogues: In Europe and North America, Publics More Supportive Than Experts of Direct Democracy
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How people in Asia-Pacific view China
Ahead of the 19th National Congress in China, read key findings about how the country is viewed by its neighbors.
4 charts on how people around the world see education
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In Asia-Pacific countries, many are concerned about North Korea’s nuclear program
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