Americans and Cybersecurity

Cyberattacks and data breaches are facts of life for government agencies, businesses and individuals alike in today’s digitized and networked world. … Previous Pew Research Center studies of the digital privacy environment have found that many Americans fear they have lost control of their personal information and many worry whether […] Read more »

Donald Trump has brought us the American style in paranoid politics

Political scientists long assumed that U.S. institutions were more open and sturdier than those in other countries. One manifestation of that robustness, the theory went, was that U.S. politics appeared largely free from troubling symptoms like conspiracy thinking. Foreigners — particularly in less-developed countries — might attribute the actions of […] Read more »

The World Facing Trump: Public Sees ISIS, Cyberattacks, North Korea as Top Threats

When he takes office next week, President-elect Donald Trump will inherit an array of global threats in the view of the public. About eight-in-ten Americans (79%) say ISIS poses a major threat to the well-being of the United States, and 71% say the same about cyberattacks from other countries. CONT. […] Read more »

Americans Support Congressional Inquiry into Russian Hack

High-profile Republican stalwarts John McCain and Lindsay Graham have contradicted President-elect Donald Trump’s dismissal of CIA conclusions that Russia interfered in the US presidential election. The two senators issued a statement along with Democrats Jack Reed and Charles Schumer calling for a special committee to investigate the Russian cyberattacks. In […] Read more »

Americans Cite Cyberterrorism Among Top Three Threats to U.S.

As President Barack Obama rolls out a proposal to increase U.S. cybersecurity funding, Americans view cyberterrorism as a leading threat to U.S. vital interests in the next 10 years. U.S. adults rank cyberterrorism (73%) along with international terrorism (79%) and development of nuclear weapons by Iran (75%) as the highest […] Read more »

Fear of the government makes Americans more likely to reach for a gun

Americans are scared of the government. Political corruption is at the top of US citizens’ most common fears, according to a recent survey conducted by researchers at California’s Chapman University. They’re also worried about cyberterrorism and very concerned about their privacy being invaded by corporations or the government. Perhaps less […] Read more »

Americans View Relations with China as Important Despite Some Mistrust

The US-China summit in Washington, DC, will take place against a backdrop of security challenges facing the bilateral relationship. These include cyber attacks that have been ascribed to Chinese hackers and continued friction over China’s maritime activities in the South and East China Sea. While the American public is not […] Read more »

Americans’ Concerns about China: Economics, Cyberattacks, Human Rights Top the List

As the White House prepares to host Chinese President Xi Jinping for his first state visit to the United States later this month, the American public continues to see a number of issues related to China and its rising power as major concerns. In particular, economic issues loom large. CONT. […] Read more »

Privacy Trumps Cybersecurity

Proposals to increase cybersecurity by allowing businesses and government to share information may enjoy bipartisan support in Washington, but Americans aren’t sold on the idea, the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll finds. [cont.] Josh Smith, National Journal Read more »