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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Republicans, Democrats both divided on whether media should report on secret anti-terror methods
Just over half of Democrats and Republicans think news organizations should not report the government’s secret anti-terrorism methods.
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.