Twenty years ago, Americans came together – bonded by sadness and patriotism – after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But a review of public opinion in the two decades since finds that unity was fleeting. It also shows how support for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq was strong initially but fell over time.
Those on the political right are more likely to say there should have been fewer public activity restrictions during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Publics disagree about whether restrictions on public activity, such as stay-at-home orders or mandates to wear masks in public, have gone far enough to combat COVID-19.
Roughly half of Americans say that they have been getting some (30%) or a lot (18%) of news and info about COVID-19 vaccines on social media.
Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to say increased attention to the history of slavery and racism is bad for the country.
Black and Hispanic Americans remain less likely than White adults to say they own a traditional computer or have high-speed internet at home.
About half of Americans see their identity reflected very well in the census’s race and ethnicity questions.
A record 23 million Asian Americans trace their roots to more than 20 countries in East and Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent.
Despite an uptick in positive views of the economy in some places, many say that children will be worse off financially than their parents.
Nearly two-thirds of Hindus (64%) in India say it is very important to be Hindu to be truly Indian, our survey found.
Unfavorable views of China also hover near historic highs in most of the 17 advanced economies surveyed.
A new survey of 16 publics finds a significant uptick in ratings for the U.S., with strong support for Joe Biden and several of his major policy initiatives. But many raise concerns about the health of America’s political system.
“Our goal is to make joining and participating in our survey panel just as appealing to rural conservatives as it is to urban progressives.”
The first video in Pew Research Center’s Methods 101 series helps explain random sampling – a concept that lies at the heart of all probability-based survey research – and why it’s important.