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.

U.S. Politics Jun. 17, 2013

Public Split on NSA Leak Impact, Most Say Prosecute Snowden

Young people are more likely than other age groups to think that the NSA leak serves the public interest and are divided over whether Snowden should be prosecuted.

U.S. Politics Jun. 10, 2013

Majority Backs NSA Phone Tracking

56% of Americans say the NSA’s monitoring of the phone records of millions of Americans is an acceptable anti-terror tactic. Americans have supported government efforts to investigate terrorist threats, even at the expense of personal privacy, since 2006.

Fact Tank Jun. 7, 2013

Balancing Act: National Security and Civil Liberties in Post-9/11 Era

Since 9/11, Americans generally have valued protection from terrorism over civil liberties, yet they also have expressed concerns over government overreach and intrusions on their personal privacy.

Fact Tank May. 24, 2013

Obama and drone strikes: Support but questions at home, opposition abroad

In his address Thursday on U.S. counterterrorism policy, President Obama defended the use of drones, which has the support of the U.S. public but is strongly opposed abroad.

U.S. Politics Apr. 29, 2013

Support for Military Force if Syria Used Chemical Weapons

More Americans favor than oppose the U.S. and its allies taking military action against Syria, if it is confirmed that Syria used chemical weapons against anti-government groups.