Fact Tank May. 14, 2014

More than a decade later, 9/11 attacks continue to resonate with Americans

As the National September 11 Memorial Museum prepares to open, a look at how Americans view the 2001 attacks and their legacy for the country.

Fact Tank May. 2, 2014

Support for al Qaeda was low before (and after) Osama bin Laden’s death

Support for al Qaeda, the terrorist organization that Osama bin Laden founded, was low among the Muslim publics surveyed in 2010, and remained low in 2013, two years after bin Laden’s ignominious end.

Fact Tank Feb. 14, 2014

As U.S. role in Afghanistan nears an end, more Americans see failure than success

About half of Americans say the U.S. has mostly failed to achieve its goals in Afghanistan.

U.S. Politics Feb. 4, 2014

Public Skeptical of Decision to Hold Olympic Games in Russia

More say it was a bad decision than a good decision to hold the games in Russia. Among those saying it was a bad decision, most cite terrorism and security concerns as a reason they feel this way.

Fact Tank Jan. 2, 2014

Extremists, cyber-attacks top Americans’ security threat list

While Americans say they want the U.S. to mind its own business and focus on issues at home, they remain concerned about the security threats that face the nation in 2014.

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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.

Global Sep. 10, 2013

Muslims Concerned about Extremism

Across 11 Muslim publics surveyed, a median of 67% say they are somewhat or very concerned about Islamic extremism. Among these publics, extremist groups garner little popular support and clear majorities oppose violence in the name of Islam.

Fact Tank Sep. 9, 2013

Most Americans see terrorism as part of life in the future

Three-quarters of Americans said in the wake of the Boston bombings that occasional acts of terrorism will be part of U.S. life in the future.