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.
74% of Americans live in a state where marijuana is legal for either recreational or medical use.
Growing shares of Republicans rate immigration and terrorism as top priorities for the president and Congress this year.
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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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The share of the public that supports authoritarian systems ranges from 85% in India to 8% in Sweden.
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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.
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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74% of Americans view the war between Russia and Ukraine as important to U.S. national interests – with 43% describing it as very important.
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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