Focus group of American Muslims talks politics, fear and faith

After Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, the topic has been widely debated on and off the campaign trail. Republican strategist and CBS News contributor Frank Luntz held a focus group of Muslim Americans at CBS News’ Studio 57 to get […] Read more »

Terrorism Temporarily Turns Leftists Rightward

Presidential preference polls provide a clear indication of how American conservatives are reacting to the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California. They’ve basically doubled down on their America-first mindset, with large numbers endorsing candidates who express hostility toward outsiders such as immigrants and Muslims. OK, but what about […] Read more »

Terrorism drives nationalistic fervor in presidential politics, Stanford sociologist says

Terrorism typically ratchets up nationalistic impulses in presidential campaigns, a Stanford sociologist says. But which candidate benefits from this dynamic is more nuanced than most political observers realize, said Robb Willer, a Stanford professor of sociology. Stanford News Service interviewed him recently about how terrorism may impact the 2016 presidential […] Read more »

Perceptions of Muslims in the United States: a Review

The terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, has brought the ongoing conversation about Muslim Americans, identity and extremism back onto the national stage. Over the past several years, Gallup has conducted a number of studies on perceptions of Muslims and Islam among the American public. Gallup has also studied the […] Read more »

The rise of Neo-Nativism: Putting Trump into Proper Context

… Simply put, Trump’s candidacy taps into a deep, visceral fear among many that America’s best days are behind it. That the land of freedom, baseball and apple pie is no longer recognizable ; and that ‘the other’—sometimes the immigrant, sometimes the Non-American , and almost always the nonwhite—is to […] Read more »

Smaller Majority ‘Extremely Proud’ to Be an American

As Independence Day approaches, most in the U.S. say they are proud to be an American, including a slight majority, 54%, who are “extremely proud.” The percentage saying they are “extremely proud” is slightly lower than in recent years and down from peaks at and around 70% between 2002 and […] Read more »

Americans love their country, but it’s a surprisingly tough love

American presidents and politicians at-large agree: America is an exceptional nation. But passionate and often-personal debates spring up over what exactly makes America special. … For answers, we turn to the 2014 General Social Survey (GSS). And it turns out Americans’ views of their country’s exceptionalism are nuanced — and […] Read more »