Fact Tank Apr. 15, 2014

NSA coverage wins Pulitzer, but Americans remain divided on Snowden leaks

Percentage of the public saying in January that Edward Snowden’s leaks “served the public interest,” compared with 43% who say the leaks “harmed the public interest.”

Fact Tank Jan. 27, 2014

State of the Union 2014: Where Americans stand on key issues

A summary of where Americans stand on ten key issues likely to come up in President Obama’s State of the Union address.

Fact Tank Jan. 22, 2014

Most young Americans say Snowden has served the public interest

Young adults are significantly more likely to support Edward Snowden and his leaking of classified details of government surveillance programs.

U.S. Politics Jan. 20, 2014

Obama’s NSA Speech Has Little Impact on Skeptical Public

Just half have heard about Obama’s changes and most who did say they won’t increase privacy. Overall approval of the surveillance program has declined 10 points since July, from 50% to 40%.

Pew Research Center Jan. 6, 2014

U.S. Foreign Policy: Key Data Points from Pew Research

Despite the difficult foreign policy problems facing the United States, most Americans agree that the nation should focus more on problems here at home. At the same time, the public expresses robust support for an active approach to world affairs.

Fact Tank Dec. 3, 2013

Americans divided on whether drones make U.S. safer

A dozen years after 9/11 and the start of the war in Afghanistan, the public has mixed opinions about whether certain policies have made the U.S. safer from terrorism.

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U.S. Politics Dec. 3, 2013

Video: America’s Place in the World

Highlights from the report, “Public Sees U.S. Power Declining as Support for Global Engagement Slips.” For the first time in nearly a half century of polling, a majority agrees that the United States should mind its own business internationally.

U.S. Politics Dec. 3, 2013

Views of U.S. Global Power Fall to New Low

Growing numbers of Americans believe that U.S. global power and prestige are in decline. And support for U.S. global engagement has fallen. Yet, despite these reservations, most Americans say greater U.S. involvement in the global economy is a good thing.

Fact Tank Sep. 11, 2013

U.S. spends over $16 billion annually on counter-terrorism

Amount the U.S. intelligence community proposed to spend on counter-terrorism in fiscal 2013.

U.S. Politics Jul. 26, 2013

Few See Adequate Limits on NSA Program

Most Americans say the government collects what is actually being said in phone calls and emails – and not just ‘metadata.’ Nevertheless, 50% approve of the surveillance program, while 44% disapprove.