Many experts say public online spaces will significantly improve by 2035 if reformers, big technology firms, governments and activists tackle the problems created by misinformation, disinformation and toxic discourse. Others expect continuing troubles as digital tools and forums are used to exploit people’s frailties, stoke their rage and drive them apart.
Pew Research Center’s political typology provides a roadmap to today’s fractured political landscape. It organizes the public into nine distinct groups, based on an analysis of their attitudes and values. Even in a polarized era, the 2021 survey reveals deep divisions in both partisan coalitions.
The U.S. is seen positively in advanced economies for its technology, entertainment, military and universities, but negatively for its health care system, discrimination and the state of its democracy.
While Americans see some aspects of U.S. power more positively than people elsewhere, they offer more negative views in other areas.
There is a wide partisan split on the fairness of the House committee’s probe.
Veterans and non-veterans in the United States largely align when it comes to the decision to pull all troops out of Afghanistan.
Americans show more support than opposition for two infrastructure bills; majorities favor raising taxes on large businesses and high-income households.
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.
54% of U.S. adults say the decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan was the right one, while 42% say it was wrong.
Jewish Americans – much like the U.S. public overall – hold widely differing views on Israel and its political leadership.