Americans Name the 10 Most Significant Historic Events of Their Lifetimes

Shared experiences define what it means to be an American. The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were such a unifying event for modern Americans. Nothing else has come close to being as important or as memorable, according to a new survey conducted by Pew Research Center in association with A+E […] Read more »

This Isn’t The First Time Americans Have Shown Fear Of Refugees

… Polls throughout the week showed clear majorities of Americans supporting at least “a pause” in the resettlement of refugees from the region being roiled by the self-proclaimed Islamic State. For all that America prides itself on being “a nation of immigrants” symbolized by the Statue of Liberty with her […] Read more »

America has never actually welcomed the world’s huddled masses

… The outcry over resettling a relatively small number of Syrian refugees — far fewer than France vowed to take in even after the attacks — isn’t an exception; it’s more like the rule. Yes, the United States has been generous: Since 1948, close to 4 million refugees have come […] Read more »

Public Opinion on the ‘4s’ Through Recent History

Now that we are firmly ensconced in the summer of 2014, it is a good time to take stock of what was on the American public’s mind 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60 years ago — in the early summer of previous years ending in “4” going back to […] Read more »