Fact Tank Nov. 12, 2014

Unrest in the Middle East taking a toll on people’s outlooks

The pervasive conflicts that have gripped the Middle East over recent years have also taken a serious toll on the outlook of people across the region.

Fact Tank Oct. 31, 2014

The Turkish people don’t look favorably upon the U.S., or any other country, really

Since we began polling the Turkish people in 2002, never have more than three-in-ten held a favorable view of the U.S.

Global Oct. 30, 2014

Life Improving for Emerging Economies

Publics in emerging nations now rival those in advanced economies in their self-reported well-being.

U.S. Politics Oct. 22, 2014

Support for U.S. Campaign against ISIS

The public continues to support the U.S. military campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria. But most Americans say the U.S. military effort against ISIS is not going well.

Global Oct. 15, 2014

Tunisia Confidence in Democracy Wanes

Tunisian support for democracy has declined steeply since the early days of the Arab Spring. Just 48% of Tunisians now say democracy is preferable to other kinds of government, down from 63% in 2012.

U.S. Politics Sep. 15, 2014

Bipartisan Support for U.S. Military Campaign against ISIS

In a rare display of bipartisanship, majorities of both Republicans (64%) and Democrats (60%) approve of President Obama’s plan for a military campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria.

U.S. Politics Aug. 28, 2014

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%).

Global Aug. 27, 2014

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.

Fact Tank Aug. 20, 2014

Who are the Iraqi Kurds?

While the Kurds are a crucial part of Iraq’s political makeup, they are an ethnic group, not a distinct religious sect within Islam.

U.S. Politics Aug. 18, 2014

Approval of Airstrikes in Iraq, But Worry about U.S. Involvement

The American public backs airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq and more now say the U.S. has a responsibility to act, but there is widespread concern about the U.S. becoming too involved in the situation.