Fact Tank Sep. 22, 2014

In some European countries, church membership means paying more taxes

Are government church taxes causing Germans to leave the church?

Fact Tank Jul. 14, 2014

5 facts about the French

Ah, la France. The land of wine, cheese, romance and abundant vacation time… right?

Fact Tank Apr. 24, 2014

Cameron’s ‘Christian country': What the numbers say about religion in the United Kingdom

The Church of England is the official state church of England, but looking at the religious affiliation of the population, a more complex picture emerges.

Fact Tank Apr. 16, 2014

Europeans hold more liberal views on moral issues

Europeans are consistently more liberal than Latin Americans, Asians, Africans, and Middle Easterners when it comes to judging what things are morally acceptable or not.

Global Apr. 9, 2014

Americans and Germans Supportive, But Wary of Trade Deal

Americans and Germans support the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), but both publics oppose many specific details of the initiative.

Fact Tank Jan. 14, 2014

French more accepting of infidelity than people in other countries

French President Francois Hollande has been dealing with revelations of an affair he has been having with an actress, but he leads a country that has a more tolerant view than others of these matters.

Fact Tank Dec. 12, 2013

Eastern and Western Europe divided over gay marriage, homosexuality

Recent developments in Croatia and Scotland highlight a stark divide between Eastern and Western Europe on the topic of same-sex marriage.

Fact Tank Sep. 19, 2013

Facing re-election, Merkel gets mostly high marks for handling of economy

Angela Merkel’s high marks on dealing with the euro crisis may be one reason she leads her chief rival Social Democratic chancellor candidate Peer Steinbr├╝ck.

Fact Tank Sep. 9, 2013

As French, U.S. leaders push for Syria action, their people are united in opposition

The American and French publics, who a decade ago bitterly disagreed over the U.S. invasion of Iraq, now see eye-to-eye on the looming military strike against Syria because of its alleged use of chemical weapons against its own people. In principle they both think there are times when it is necessary to use military force […]

Fact Tank Aug. 30, 2013

UN approval before using military force lacks widespread global agreement

The UN Security Council failed Wednesday to reach agreement on a British-sponsored resolution authorizing approval of taking action against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons. A 2011 Pew Research poll found publics in most countries surveyed did not support the principle of obtaining UN approval first.