Israeli Jews from the former Soviet Union are more secular, less religiously observant
After the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Israel’s largest wave of Jewish immigrants arrived from Russia and other former Soviet republics. These Soviet Jews brought a secular mindset to Israel, and more than two decades later, Jews who were born in the former Soviet Union continue to be noticeably less religious than Israeli Jews overall.
Changing a social media profile picture is one way to express support or solidarity
In the wake of attacks in Brussels and in Lahore, Pakistan, some social media users are changing their profile pictures to express solidarity with victims and the people of these countries. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have become a common way for Americans to get news, but they also can provide a way for […]
Views of NATO and its role are mixed in U.S., other member nations
Foreign policy and national security have been key elements of the debate for both the Republican and Democratic parties in this year’s U.S. presidential campaign. GOP front-runner Donald Trump recently added a twist when he suggested in a Washington Post interview that, while NATO is “a good thing to have,” changes are needed because the […]
Illegal migration to EU rises for routes both well-worn and less-traveled
In 2015, more than 1.8 million people crossed the European Union’s borders illegally, up from 280,000 detections of illegal border crossings in 2014.
U.S. public seldom has welcomed refugees into country
Public opinion data going back to the 1930s shows that generally speaking, Americans oppose large numbers of refugees entering the country.
In nations with significant Muslim populations, much disdain for ISIS
Most people in the countries we surveyed – including 11 countries with significant Muslim populations – had negative views of the Islamic State extremist group as of spring.
More than any other foreign language, European youths learn English
The European Union is awash with languages, but European students study one foreign language far more than any other.
Refugee surge brings youth to an aging Europe
Hundreds of thousands of mostly young refugees are fleeing into Europe, where most countries have rapidly aging (and sometimes shrinking) populations.
Europe’s asylum seekers: Who they are, where they’re going, and their chances of staying
For the hundreds of thousands of migrants entering the European Union, their chances of gaining asylum vary greatly depending on where they’re from and in which country they apply.
Relatively few in U.S., Europe see climate change as a serious threat
Global climate change was the top-rated threat in a recent 40-nation survey, but concern about the issue is relatively low in the United States and Europe.