The United States is the oldest continuous democracy in the world, and a model and inspiration for other nations seeking to build democratic institutions. One of the core pillars of American liberty is a free press. Pew conducts opinion surveys that track public attitudes toward the press and politics. At the same time, Pew issues major reports that examine long-term trends in the political values of Americans, as well as their views on policy issues and priorities, political knowledge, and news interest.
Overall, around four-in-ten Americans say their local community has experienced severe weather in the past year, a May survey found.
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A median of 68% across 19 countries think their country has done a good job dealing with the coronavirus outbreak, with majorities saying this in every country surveyed except Japan. However, most also believe the pandemic has created greater divisions in their societies and exposed weaknesses in their political systems – and these view are especially common in the U.S.
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Increasingly, Republicans and Democrats view not just the opposing party but also the people in that party in a negative light. Growing shares in each party now describe those in the other party as more closed-minded, dishonest, immoral and unintelligent than other Americans. Nearly half of younger adults say they "wish there were more parties to choose from."
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Joe Biden’s federal judicial appointees so far include a record number of women and racial and ethnic minorities.
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63% of Americans say the way the president is elected should be changed so that the winner of the popular vote nationwide wins the presidency.
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Viktor Orban, who’s set to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Texas, receives generally positive ratings from Hungarians.
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A large majority of Americans (78%) say tensions between China and Taiwan are at least a somewhat serious problem for the United States.
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Asked what more the government should do to support parents and children, Americans often mention forms of social or direct financial support.