Partisans Have Starkly Different Opinions About How the World Views the U.S.

The public has long held the view that the United States is “less respected” by other countries than in the past. Majorities said this when Barack Obama was president, as well as when George W. Bush was in office. And today, 68% say the U.S. is less respected by other […] Read more »

Cybercrime Tops Americans’ Crime Worries

Americans worry far more about becoming the victims of cybercrime than the victims of conventional crimes, with two-thirds of U.S. adults worrying at least occasionally about computer hackers stealing their personal information (67%) and having their identity stolen (66%). CONT. RJ Reinhart, Gallup Read more »

Fox News Poll: Changing concerns on US security

Americans’ perceptions of national security threats have changed dramatically. A new Fox News poll of voters nationwide finds: The number that sees rogue nations like North Korea as the greatest threat to the U.S. has nearly tripled in less than a year. Worries about a nuclear attack on the U.S. […] Read more »

Globally, People Point to ISIS and Climate Change as Leading Security Threats

People around the globe identify ISIS and climate change as the leading threats to national security, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The survey asked about eight possible threats. While the level and focus of concern varies by region and country, ISIS and climate change clearly emerge as […] Read more »

Russian Breach of 39 States Threatens Future U.S. Elections

Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before Donald Trump’s election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in almost twice as many states as previously reported. … Illinois became Patient Zero in the government’s probe, eventually leading investigators to […] Read more »

Why populism is a threat to electoral integrity

Since the earthquake of Brexit in June last year, and Trump’s victory four months later, the news has been dominated by stories about populism, including whether European elections suggest that populist support is either rising or stalled. The media has also been fascinated simultaneously by problems of electoral integrity. This […] Read more »

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 »