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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.
February 29, 2024 Americans’ Top Policy Priority for 2024: Strengthening the Economy

Growing shares of Republicans rate immigration and terrorism as top priorities for the president and Congress this year.

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February 28, 2024 Nearly three-quarters of Americans say it would be ‘too risky’ to give presidents more power

Just 24% say the country’s problems could be better solved if presidents didn’t have to worry about Congress or the courts.

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February 28, 2024 Who likes authoritarianism, and how do they want to change their government?

The share of the public that supports authoritarian systems ranges from 85% in India to 8% in Sweden.

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February 28, 2024 Representative Democracy Remains a Popular Ideal, but People Around the World Are Critical of How It’s Working

A 24-country survey finds a median of 59% are dissatisfied with how their democracy is functioning, and 74% think elected officials don’t care what people like them think.

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February 23, 2024 Majorities in most countries surveyed say social media is good for democracy

Across 27 countries surveyed, people generally see social media as more of a good thing than a bad thing for democracy.

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February 16, 2024 How Americans view the conflicts between Russia and Ukraine, Israel and Hamas, and China and Taiwan

74% of Americans view the war between Russia and Ukraine as important to U.S. national interests – with 43% describing it as very important.

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February 15, 2024 How Americans View the Situation at the U.S.-Mexico Border, Its Causes and Consequences

Just 18% of U.S. adults say the government is doing a good job dealing with the large number of migrants at the border. Eight-in-ten say it is doing a bad job, including 45% who say it's doing a very bad job.

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