Fact Tank Jun. 12, 2014

More Americans say U.S. failed to achieve its goals in Iraq

As Sunni militants make a major military push against the central government in Iraq, the Obama administration is said to have rebuffed requests from Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to use drones to strike at extremist bases. That reported reluctance follows years of U.S. military intervention in Iraq that many Americans say was misguided and failed to achieve its goals.

U.S. Politics Jun. 9, 2014

Doubts About Bergdahl Prisoner Exchange

The public has a more negative than positive view of the prisoner exchange that freed U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, but most think the U.S. has a responsibility to do all it can to free captive U.S. soldiers in general, regardless of the circumstances of their capture.

Fact Tank Jun. 2, 2014

Syria’s neighbors give Assad the thumbs down

Strong majorities of the publics in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian territories, Tunisia and Turkey and half the public in Lebanon voice a very unfavorable view of the embattled Syrian leader.

Fact Tank May. 28, 2014

El-Sisi likely to win Egypt election, but questions about mandate remain

Low turnout in Egypt’s presidential election has raised concerns that a victory for former general Abdel Fattah El-Sisi would leave the government without a sufficient mandate.

Global May. 22, 2014

Egyptians Divided on El-Sisi, Morsi Ouster

Slight majorities in Egypt support last year’s ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi and have a positive view of his likely replacement, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

Fact Tank May. 22, 2014

Key takeaways from our Egypt survey

Egyptians are about as unhappy with the direction of their country as they were back in spring 2010, less than a year before the revolution that toppled then President Hosni Mubarak. Today, 72% of Egyptians are dissatisfied with the country’s direction, while just 24% are satisfied.

Fact Tank May. 19, 2014

Middle East’s Christian population in flux as Pope Francis visits Holy Land

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Jordan, the West Bank and Israel this weekend, a region where the Christian population is in flux and where Francis has expressed concern about their well-being.

Fact Tank May. 2, 2014

Support for al Qaeda was low before (and after) Osama bin Laden’s death

Support for al Qaeda, the terrorist organization that Osama bin Laden founded, was low among the Muslim publics surveyed in 2010, and remained low in 2013, two years after bin Laden’s ignominious end.

U.S. Politics Apr. 29, 2014

Public Divided on Prospects for Peaceful Two-State Solution

Amid the breakdown of peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, the public is divided over whether a way can be found for a peaceful two-state solution in the Middle East.

Fact Tank Apr. 16, 2014

Europeans hold more liberal views on moral issues

Europeans are consistently more liberal than Latin Americans, Asians, Africans, and Middle Easterners when it comes to judging what things are morally acceptable or not.