International Cooperation Welcomed Across 14 Advanced Economies. Pew Research Center. James Bell et al. September 21, 2020
UN broadly credited with promoting peace and human rights as younger adults are more supportive of international cooperation
A Pew Research Center survey of 14,276 people across 14 countries conducted in summer 2020 finds that many believe greater global cooperation could have reduced the human toll from COVID-19. The same poll reveals strong support for taking the interests of other countries into account even if this requires compromise. These findings are in line with a pre-coronavirus 2019 Pew Research Center survey in 12 of the same 14 countries that showed robust public support for the idea of nations cooperating, rather than competing, on the world stage. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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In Views of U.S. Democracy, Widening Partisan Divides Over Freedom to Peacefully Protest. Pew Research Center. September 2, 2020
Majority of Americans say significant changes are needed in the ‘fundamental design and structure of American government’
In assessing the state of U.S. democracy, Americans continue to give their country negative ratings for living up to several key democratic ideals and principles. And in some cases, these assessments have turned less positive since 2018.
Notably, the share of Americans who say the phrase “people are free to peacefully protest” describes the United States very or somewhat well has fallen from 73% t0 60%, with the decline coming almost entirely among Democrats. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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Americans’ Views of Government: Low Trust, but Some Positive Performance Ratings. Pew Research Center. September 14, 2020
Majorities in both parties say federal government should play a major role on public health, economy, many other areas
For years, public trust in the federal government has hovered at near-record lows. That remains the case today, as the United States struggles with a pandemic and economic recession. Just 20% of U.S. adults say they trust the government in Washington to “do the right thing” just about always or most of the time.
Today, these differences are even wider among voters who support Trump and those who back Joe Biden. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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The Global Divide on Homosexuality Persists. Pew Research Center. Jacob Poushter, Nicholas Kent. June 25, 2020.
But increasing acceptance in many countries over past two decades
Despite major changes in laws and norms surrounding the issue of same-sex marriage and the rights of LGBT people around the world, public opinion on the acceptance of homosexuality in society remains sharply divided by country, region and economic development. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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Amid Protests, Majorities Across Racial and Ethnic Groups Express Support for the Black Lives Matter Movement. Pew Research Center. Kim Parker, Juliana Menasce Horowitz And Monica Anderson. June 12, 2020
Deep partisan divides over factors underlying George Floyd demonstrations
As demonstrations continue across the country to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man killed while in Minneapolis police custody, Americans see the protests both as a reaction to Floyd’s death and an expression of frustration over longstanding issues. Most adults say tensions between black people and police and concerns about the treatment of black people in the U.S. – in addition to anger over Floyd’s death – have contributed a great deal to the protests, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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Two-Thirds of Americans Think Government Should Do More on Climate. Pew Research Center. Alec Tyson And Brian Kennedy. June 23, 2020.
Bipartisan backing for carbon capture tax credits, extensive tree-planting efforts
A majority of Americans continue to say they see the effects of climate change in their own communities and believe that the federal government falls short in its efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change.
At a time when partisanship colors most views of policy, broad majorities of the public – including more than half of Republicans and overwhelming shares of Democrats – say they would favor a range of initiatives to reduce the impacts of climate change, including large-scale tree planting efforts, tax credits for businesses that capture carbon emissions and tougher fuel efficiency standards for vehicles, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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Americans Broadly Support Legal Status for Immigrants Brought to the U.S. Illegally as Children. Pew Research Center. Jens Manuel Krogstad. June 17, 2020.
About three-quarters of U.S. adults say they favor granting permanent legal status to immigrants who came illegally to the United States when they were children, with the strongest support coming from Democrats and Hispanics, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted June 4-10, 2020. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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5 Charts on Views of Press Freedom Around the World. Pew Research Center. Aidan Connaughton. May 1, 2020.
Since the United Nations proclaimed May 3 World Press Freedom Day in 1993, the day has been used to celebrate the fundamental principles of media freedom, as well as to assess the state of this freedom and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty. To mark the day, here are five charts that show how people globally see the freedom of the press. All findings are taken from Pew Research Center surveys. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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Americans’ Views of the News Media During the COVID-19 Outbreak. Pew Research Center. Jeffrey Gottfried, Mason Walker and Amy Mitchell. May 8, 2020.
Even in crisis, Republicans and Democrats remain starkly divided in their attitudes toward journalists
Coverage of the current coronavirus outbreak has consumed much of the news media’s attention as Americans look for information in a time of high anxiety and uncertainty. Overall, more Americans hold positive than negative views of the news media’s coverage of the COVID-19 crisis, though broader views of the media are more evenly divided or more negative. And Republicans and Democrats continue to stand far apart in their opinions of the media during the pandemic, according to a new Pew Research Center survey conducted April 20-26, 2020, among 10,139 U.S. adults who are part of the Center’s American Trends Panel. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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How Americans See Digital Privacy Issues Amid The COVID-19 Outbreak. Pew Research Center. Brooke Auxier. May 4, 2020.
The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has brought privacy and surveillance concerns to the forefront – from hacked video conferencing sessions to proposed government tracking of people’s cellphones as a measure to limit and prevent the spread of the virus. Over the past year, Pew Research Center has surveyed Americans on their views related to privacy, personal data and digital surveillance. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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