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.
Americans See Spread of Disease as Top International Threat, Along With Terrorism, Nuclear Weapons, Cyberattacks
Most say cooperation with other countries is important in dealing with global threats, especially on the spread of infectious diseases.
Globally, People Point to ISIS and Climate Change as Leading Security Threats
People around the world identify ISIS and climate change as leading international threats. Many also name cyberattacks from other countries and the condition of the global economy as major challenges.
Majorities in Europe, North America worried about Islamic extremism
People across Europe and in the U.S. and Canada have pervasive concerns about the threat of Islamic extremism in their countries.
15 Years After 9/11, a Sharp Partisan Divide on Ability of Terrorists to Strike U.S.
As the 15th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, partisan differences over the ability of terrorists to launch a major attack on the United States are now as wide as at any point dating back to 2002.
Europeans back anti-ISIS campaign but have doubts about use of force in fighting terror
After a year of escalating terror attacks against Western targets, people across Europe are widely supportive of U.S.-led military action against the Islamic militant group known as ISIS.
Where Americans and Europeans agree, disagree on foreign policy
The United States and its European allies have maintained a strong transatlantic relationship for more than half a century, even if Americans and Europeans have not always seen eye-to-eye on foreign policy issues.
Key findings on how Europeans see their place in the world
A new Pew Research Center survey of 10 European nations finds a population looking inward.
Prior to Lahore bombing, Pakistanis were critical of Taliban and other extremist groups
A Pew Research Center spring 2015 survey found that Pakistanis were extremely critical of these terrorist organizations and supported government action to fight extremists.
Global opinion varies widely on use of torture against suspected terrorists
The view that torture may be justified is most common in sub-Saharan Africa, where a median of 55% hold this view; it is least common in Latin America (a median of 25%). In the U.S., 58% say torture can be justified as part of efforts to prevent terrorist attacks.
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