Religion Dec. 17, 2009

Little Support for Terrorism Among Muslim Americans

The Pew Research Center’s comprehensive portrait of the Muslim American population suggests that, despite recent events, America is less likely to be a fertile breeding ground for terrorism than are Muslim minority communities in other countries.

U.S. Politics Dec. 3, 2009

U.S. Seen as Less Important, China as More Powerful

A new survey of both the public and members of the Council on Foreign Relations finds an increasingly isolationist sentiment among Americans. The public also differs with CFR members on increasing troop levels in Afghanistan, the threat posed by China and the use of torture.

U.S. Politics Nov. 18, 2009

Modest Rise In Concern About Islamic Extremism

Just more than half (52%) of Americans say they are very concerned about the possible rise of Islamic extremism in the U.S., up from 46% in April 2007.

Global Nov. 11, 2009

Americans and Western Europeans Agree on Afghanistan-Pakistan Extremist Threat

While both Americans and Western Europeans generally believe the “Af-Pak” region potentially poses significant threats to national security, they do not share a common view about the deployment of military forces in Afghanistan.

Global Sep. 10, 2009

Declining Support for bin Laden and Suicide Bombing

Confidence in al Qaeda’s leader has dropped considerably in recent years, particularly in Indonesia, Pakistan and Jordan. Violence against civilians in defense of Islam is also increasingly seen as never justified.

Global Aug. 13, 2009

Pakistan: Growing Concerns About Extremism, Continuing Discontent with U.S.

Pakistani public opinion has turned against al Qaeda and the Taliban, and concerns about Islamic extremism are widespread. At the same time, Pakistanis continue to express negative views of the U.S., although there is an openness to improving relations between the two countries.

Global Jul. 23, 2009

Confidence in Obama Lifts U.S. Image Around the World

In many countries opinions of the United States are now about as positive as they were at the beginning of the decade before George W. Bush took office. Improvements in the U.S. image have been most pronounced in Western Europe, where favorable ratings for both the nation and the American people have soared. But opinions of America have also become more positive in key countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia, as well. Signs of improvement in views of America are seen even in some predominantly Muslim countries.

Pew Research Center Apr. 23, 2009

Views About Torture Remain Evenly Split

Amid intense debate over the use of torture against suspected terrorists, public opinion about this issue remains about equally divided overall, although Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to say it is at least sometimes justified.

Global Mar. 12, 2009

Few in Pakistan Support Extremists — But Few Favor Military Confrontation

Extremist groups are increasingly demonstrating their ability to strike throughout a country in which support for al Qaeda or the Taliban has declined sharply in recent years and where very few agree with their widely noted tactic of preventing education for girls.

U.S. Politics Feb. 18, 2009

Obama Faces Familiar Divisions Over Anti-Terror Policies

Obama receives positive ratings for his handling of terrorism but the public remains deeply divided over how best to defend the nation against the threat.