Following an election that had one of the largest gender gaps in history, women are more likely than men to say they are paying increased attention to politics.
Large majorities of the public, Republicans and Democrats alike, say open and fair elections and a system of governmental checks and balances are essential to maintaining a strong democracy in the United States.
There is increased opposition to U.S. airstrikes in Syria, as many undecided Americans have turned against the idea. Obama’s job approval has slipped into negative territory — particularly on foreign policy — and most say Congress should have the final say on Syria.
Nearly twice as many Americans say it is better for the United States to cut off military aid to Egypt to put pressure on the government than say it is better to continue the aid to maintain influence in Egypt.
Public interest in news from Egypt has plummeted since the early weeks of the Arab Spring. And the share of Americans saying what happens in Egypt is “very important” to U.S. interests has fallen from 46% to 36%.
About two-thirds (68%) say the U.S. is too overcommitted to get involved in another conflict, and just 27% disagree. The public also has questions about the opposition groups in Syria: 60% say that they may be no better than the current government.
As fighting in Syria rages on, the public continues to say that the U.S. does not have a responsibility to do something about it. A new survey also finds little change in the public's sympathies in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
A new survey finds increasing public pessimism about developments in the Middle East and more support for tough policies to deal with Iran’s nuclear program and economic issues with China.
About four-in-ten Americans say they support the Occupy Wall Street movement (39%), while nearly as many (35%) say they oppose the movement launched last month in New York’s financial district.
In an analysis in the New York Times, Pew Research Center president Andrew Kohut writes that the American public is beginning to take notice of the "Occupy movement." Polling this week finds a growing number of people paying attention to news about the movement.