U.S. PoliticsMay 5, 2016

Public Uncertain, Divided Over America’s Place in the World

Most Americans say it would be better if the U.S. just dealt with its own problems and let other countries deal with their own problems as best they can.

GlobalMarch 28, 2016

Views of NATO and its role are mixed in U.S., other member nations

Foreign policy and national security have been key elements of the debate for both the Republican and Democratic parties in this year’s U.S. presidential campaign. GOP front-runner Donald Trump recently added a twist when he suggested in a Washington Post interview that, while NATO is “a good thing to have,” changes are needed because the […]

Internet & TechFebruary 19, 2016

Americans feel the tensions between privacy and security concerns

Much of the focus has been on government surveillance, though there are also significant concerns about how businesses use data.

Internet & TechJanuary 20, 2016

The state of privacy in America: What we learned

After the June 2013 leaks by Edward Snowden about NSA surveillance of Americans’ communications, Pew Research Center began an in-depth exploration of people’s views and behaviors related to privacy. Here’s what we learned in the past two and a half years.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 15, 2015

5 facts about Republicans and national security

When GOP presidential candidates meet in Las Vegas tonight for their sixth debate, terrorism, foreign policy and national security are expected to be major topics.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 15, 2015

Views of Government’s Handling of Terrorism Fall to Post-9/11 Low

Americans’ concerns about terrorism surged and ratings of the U.S. government’s handling of it plummeted following attacks in Paris and California.

GlobalJune 29, 2015

Brazilians’ views of U.S. rebound as wounds of NSA scandal heal

Revelations in September 2013 that the U.S. government had monitored the private communications of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff had strained relations between the two countries.

GlobalMay 29, 2015

What Americans think about NSA surveillance, national security and privacy

Pew Research Center has been studying various dimensions of the issue. Here are some key findings from our public opinion surveys.

Internet & TechMay 20, 2015

Americans’ Views on Privacy and Security

Many Americans want control over their personal information and freedom from observation during the activities of their daily lives, but they are not confident that the government agencies or businesses that collect data about them can keep that information private and secure.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 15, 2014

Half See CIA Interrogation Methods as Justified

Following the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on post-9/11 CIA interrogation practices, 51% of Americans say these CIA methods were justified, compared with 29% who say they were not.