Fact Tank May. 2, 2013

Middle Eastern and Western publics wary on Syrian intervention

Growing evidence that the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad may have used chemical weapons against its own people has led to calls for the Obama administration to intervene in the Syrian civil war. In August 2012, President Barack Obama said: “We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on […]

Pew Research Center May. 2, 2013

Middle Eastern and Western Publics Wary on Syrian Intervention

By Bruce Stokes Growing evidence that the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad may have used chemical weapons against its own people has led to calls for the Obama administration to intervene in the Syrian civil war. In August 2012, President Barack Obama said: “We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to […]

Global May. 1, 2013

Middle East Publics Fear Spread of Syrian Violence

Despite worries, there is little regional support for military intervention by Western or Arab countries.

Religion Apr. 30, 2013

The World’s Muslims

A new global survey of Muslims shows they are deeply committed to their faith and want its teachings to shape not only their personal lives but also their societies and politics.

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Religion Apr. 30, 2013

Infographic: The World’s Muslims

Highlights from the report “The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society”

Religion Apr. 30, 2013

The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society

A new survey report looks at attitudes among Muslims in 39 countries on a wide range of topics, from science to sharia, polygamy to popular culture. The survey finds that overwhelming percentages of Muslims in many countries want Islamic law to be the official law of their land, but there is also widespread support for democracy and religious freedom.

U.S. Politics Apr. 29, 2013

Support for Military Force if Syria Used Chemical Weapons

More Americans favor than oppose the U.S. and its allies taking military action against Syria, if it is confirmed that Syria used chemical weapons against anti-government groups.

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Religion Mar. 20, 2013

Graphic: Israel, the U.S. and the World’s Jewish Population

U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the Middle East from March 20-23, where he will spend much of the time in Israel, home to 41% of the world’s Jews.

U.S. Politics Mar. 19, 2013

Public Remains Supportive of Israel, Wary of Iran

As Barack Obama arrives in the Middle East this week, the sympathies of the American public remain firmly with Israel in its dispute with the Palestinians.

Religion Feb. 13, 2013

The Shifting Global Catholic Population

Catholics have made up a remarkably stable share of the global population over the past century, but their geographic distribution has shifted significantly during that time.