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Pew works across the globe to conduct public opinion surveys on a broad array of subjects ranging from people's assessments of their own lives to their views about the current state of the world and important issues of the day. This work includes numerous major reports on topics such as attitudes toward American foreign policy, globalization, terrorism, and democracy.

Recent Work

January 25, 2023 Many countries in Europe get a new government at least every two years

Belgium, Finland and Italy are among the European countries with the shortest median lengths of government.

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December 22, 2022 Far more Americans see U.S. influence on the world stage getting weaker than stronger

More Americans say their country’s influence in the world has been getting weaker rather than stronger in recent years (47% vs. 19%).

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December 6, 2022 Social Media Seen as Mostly Good for Democracy Across Many Nations, But U.S. is a Major Outlier

Most think social media has made it easier to manipulate and divide people, but they also say it informs and raises awareness.

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December 6, 2022 In advanced and emerging economies, similar views on how social media affects democracy and society

People in advanced and emerging economies have mixed feelings about social media’s impact on political life.

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November 29, 2022 Key findings about COVID-19 restrictions that affected religious groups around the world in 2020

Our study analyzes 198 countries and territories and is based on policies and events in 2020, the most recent year for which data is available.

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November 29, 2022 How COVID-19 Restrictions Affected Religious Groups Around the World in 2020

Nearly a quarter of countries used force to prevent religious gatherings during the pandemic; other government restrictions and social hostilities related to religion remained fairly stable.

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November 16, 2022 Most across 19 countries see strong partisan conflicts in their society, especially in South Korea and the U.S.

Perceptions of strong partisan conflict are most widespread among adults in South Korea, the United States, Israel, France and Hungary.

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November 16, 2022 What Makes Someone a Good Member of Society?

Most in advanced economies say voting, taking steps to reduce climate change and getting a COVID-19 vaccine are ways to be a good member of society; fewer say this about attending religious services.

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