U.S. Politics Jun. 17, 2013

Public Remains Opposed to Arming Syrian Rebels

About two-thirds (68%) say the U.S. is too overcommitted to get involved in another conflict, and just 27% disagree. The public also has questions about the opposition groups in Syria: 60% say that they may be no better than the current government.

Fact Tank Jun. 14, 2013

U.S. aid to Syrian rebels: Public has opposed American involvement in the past

Public opinion surveys have consistently shown Americans to have little interest in the Syrian conflict and have been opposed — or lukewarm, at best, — to getting involved.

Religion Jun. 11, 2013

Iranians’ Views Mixed on Political Role for Religious Figures

As Iranians prepare to elect a new president on June 14, just 40% of them think religious figures should play a large role in politics.

Global Jun. 11, 2013

Global Views of Iran Largely Negative

Majorities in most of 39 countries surveyed have an unfavorable opinion of Iran, and most say Tehran does not respect the personal freedoms of its people.

Fact Tank Jun. 7, 2013

As It Fights in Syria, Hezbollah Seen Unfavorably in Region

Hezbollah is widely unpopular among publics in the Middle East. Most in Lebanon, which is Hezbollah’s base, have an unfavorable view of it, but opinions differ among religious groups.

Fact Tank May. 23, 2013

Kerry faces public skepticism among Israelis and Palestinians in effort to revive peace process

As Secretary of State John Kerry visits the Middle East this week in the hope of reinvigorating the dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace process, he will confront considerable public skepticism in the region about the prospects for peace.

Global May. 16, 2013

Egypt’s National Mood Turns Grim

Months of political uncertainty, a weak economy and often violent street protests have resulted in a majority of Egyptians saying they are dissatisfied with the way their new democracy is working.

Global May. 9, 2013

Many Israelis and Palestinians Want Larger Role for Obama

While Israelis and Palestinians differ widely in their outlook for a peaceful resolution of their longstanding conflict, both want U.S. President Barack Obama to play a larger role in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate.

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 […]