Americans are conflicted about the U.S. role in the world: a record 52 percent surveyed recently said "the United States should mind its own business internationally," the highest recorded response in fifty years and up from 30 percent just a decade ago. Furthermore, a record 80 percent of the public believe that the United States should address domestic problems over international ones.
Despite an extended period of economic difficulty, Pew pollsters Andrew Kohut and Michael Dimock show that Americans' core values and beliefs about economic opportunity remain largely optimistic and unchanged.
Andrew Kohut, founding director of the Pew Research Center, discusses the themes outlined in his forthcoming CFR Working Paper Resilient American Values: Optimism in an Era of Growing Inequality and Economic Difficulty, as part of CFR's State and Local Officials Conference Call series.
Hector Becerra of the Los Angeles Times identifies the importance of the use of Spanish by speakers at both the Republican and Democratic national conventions as both parties hope to connect with Latino voters.
This meeting is part of the symposium entitled Imagine the Unimaginable: Ending Genocide in the 21st Century, sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and CNN.
This Pew survey says Americans' perceptions of the job situation, financial markets, and real estate values have become more positive, but things like rising gas prices, for instance, still make public views of current economic conditions stubbornly negative.
This poll, conducted by Shibley Telhami, surveyed three thousand people in Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates in October 2011, assessing attitudes toward the United States and the Obama administration, prospects for Arab-Israeli peace, the impact of the Arab awakening, the outlook for the Egyptian elections, and opinions on where the region is headed politically.
Authors: Mohammad Osman Tariq, Najla Ayoubi, and Fazel Rabi Haqbeen
Conducted by the Asia Foundation's office in Afghanistan, the 2011 survey polled 6,348 Afghan citizens on security, reconciliation, economy, and governance to assess the mood and direction of the country.
In this report, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press explains that there is public consensus on federal budget issues in principle, but resistance along partisan lines when plans are put into practice.
Authors: Peter Lampert Bergen, Patrick Doherty, and Ken Ballen
This unprecendented public opinion survey, conducted by the New America Foundation and Terror Free Tomorrow, sheds light on the sentiment of citizens living in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan.
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