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.

Fact Tank Aug. 12, 2014

Iraqi Yazidis: Hazy population numbers and a history of persecution

The Yazidis who have been fleeing the advance of the Sunni militant group ISIS in Iraq are a religious group of uncertain numbers and a long history of persecution.

Fact Tank Jul. 30, 2014

Support for Turkey’s Erdogan drops sharply in Middle East

Amid continued unrest in the region, support for Erdogan has dropped significantly in four of the seven Middle Eastern nations surveyed since last year.

Global Jul. 30, 2014

Turks Divided on Erdogan and the Country’s Direction

Turks are almost evenly split between those who are happy with Prime Minister Erdogan’s leadership and the state of the nation, and those who believe his government is leading the country down the wrong path.

U.S. Politics Jul. 28, 2014

Public Blames Hamas More than Israel for Current Violence

Republicans are especially likely to say Hamas is most responsible for the current violence, while Democrats are divided. Overall, just a quarter believe that Israel has gone too far in responding to the conflict.

U.S. Politics Jul. 18, 2014

Most Think the U.S. Has No Responsibility To Act in Iraq

As violence and chaos spreads in Iraq, the public is wary of U.S. involvement in the country.

U.S. Politics Jul. 15, 2014

Wide Partisan Gap in Mideast Sympathies

The sympathies of the American public continue to lie with Israel rather than the Palestinians. However, the partisan gap in Mideast sympathies has never been wider as the share of Republicans who sympathize more with Israel has risen from 68% to 73%.

Global Jul. 1, 2014

Increasing Concerns about Extremism in the Middle East

Concern about Islamic extremism is high among countries with substantial Muslim populations. Lebanese, Tunisians, Egyptians, Jordanians and Turks are all more worried about the extremist threat than they were a year ago.

Global Jun. 25, 2014

Little Faith That Palestinians and Israelis Can Find Peace

Publics in the Middle East have little faith that a way can be found for Israel and an independent Palestinian state to coexist peacefully with each other.