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.
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.
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.
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.
The world gives Saudi Arabia poor marks on freedoms
Americans are not the only ones who give Saudi Arabia poor marks on how the country treats its citizens: A median of just 18% across 39 countries surveyed said the Saudi government respects individual rights.
Census Bureau explores new Middle East/North Africa ethnic category
Organizations representing people of Middle Eastern and North African descent are asking the Census Bureau to add a new ethnic category for them on forms, and it is one of the changes the bureau is exploring.
As Obama meets with Netanyahu, Americans are divided on U.S. role in Israeli-Palestinian dispute
Nearly as many Americans (39%) say the U.S. should be less involved in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian dispute as say it should remain as involved as it currently is (36%). About a fifth of Americans say the U.S. should be more involved.
Strong support for Israel in U.S. cuts across religious lines
The American Israel Public Affairs Council meets in Washington starting Sunday to lobby on issues affecting that country, and it can look to American Christians as a source of support for Israel.
More Say U.S. Has Failed than Succeeded in Iraq, Afghanistan
Fewer than half of Republicans, Democrats and independents say the U.S. has mostly succeeded in achieving its goals in either country. Public evaluations of both wars have turned more negative in recent years.
Middle East tensions top global trend for 2014
The top score (on a 1-to-5 scale) in a World Economic Forum survey of globally significant trends was “rising Middle East tensions.”