Foreign policy, the budget deficit and immigration matter more to Republican voters, while Democrats are more likely to prioritize the environment and economic inequality.

Foreign policy, the budget deficit and immigration matter more to Republican voters, while Democrats are more likely to prioritize the environment and economic inequality.

Looking both domestically and internationally, Republicans are more concerned than Democrats about the rise of Islamic extremism. About eight-in-ten Republicans (82%) are very concerned when it comes to Islamic extremism in the world and 71% are very concerned about the U.S. specifically; among Democrats, about half (51%) are very concerned internationally and 46% nationally.

Looking both domestically and internationally, Republicans are more concerned than Democrats about the rise of Islamic extremism. About eight-in-ten Republicans (82%) are very concerned when it comes to Islamic extremism in the world and 71% are very concerned about the U.S. specifically; among Democrats, about half (51%) are very concerned internationally and 46% nationally.

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Around the world, the mood is glum: In most of the 44 countries surveyed, people say their country is heading in the wrong direction and that economic conditions are bad. Only in developing economies is there some semblance of satisfaction with economic performance.

Around the world, the mood is glum: In most of the 44 countries surveyed, people say their country is heading in the wrong direction and that economic conditions are bad. Only in developing economies is there some semblance of satisfaction with economic performance.

Although India is home to the world’s second-largest Muslim population, al-Qaeda has so far had only a limited presence in the country. But last week, India’s intelligence agencies reportedly were put on high alert after the terrorist group’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, released a video announcing the establishment of a new al-Qaeda branch on the Indian subcontinent and warning of additional jihadist activity in the region.
Globally, Indians are among the most likely to say that Islamic extremist groups pose a major threat to their country.

Although India is home to the world’s second-largest Muslim population, al-Qaeda has so far had only a limited presence in the country. But last week, India’s intelligence agencies reportedly were put on high alert after the terrorist group’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, released a video announcing the establishment of a new al-Qaeda branch on the Indian subcontinent and warning of additional jihadist activity in the region.

Globally, Indians are among the most likely to say that Islamic extremist groups pose a major threat to their country.

An increasing share of the public believes that Islam is more likely than other religions to encourage violence among its believers, and Republicans continue to be more likely than Democrats to say Islam encourages violence more than other religions. There are also divides by age and religion.

An increasing share of the public believes that Islam is more likely than other religions to encourage violence among its believers, and Republicans continue to be more likely than Democrats to say Islam encourages violence more than other religions. There are also divides by age and religion.

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33% of Americans say the priority should be on better border security and tougher enforcement of immigration laws, while 23% prioritize creating a way for people in the U.S. illegally to become citizens if they meet certain conditions. About four-in-ten (41%) say both should be given equal priority.

33% of Americans say the priority should be on better border security and tougher enforcement of immigration laws, while 23% prioritize creating a way for people in the U.S. illegally to become citizens if they meet certain conditions. About four-in-ten (41%) say both should be given equal priority.

62% of Americans are very concerned about the rise of Islamic extremism around the world, the largest share dating back to 2007. And 53% are very concerned about such a rise in the U.S., equal to a record high.

62% of Americans are very concerned about the rise of Islamic extremism around the world, the largest share dating back to 2007. And 53% are very concerned about such a rise in the U.S., equal to a record high.

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New report out today: Millennials are more likely than older adults to have used a library website in the past year, and are just as likely to have read a book, but they are among the least likely to say that libraries are important: just 19% say their library’s closing would have a major impact on them.

Other noteworthy items:

  • 88% of Americans under 30 read a book in the past year, compared with 79% of those age 30 and older
  • As a group, Millennials are as likely as older adults to have used a library in the past 12 months, and more likely to have used a library website. 
  • most younger Americans know where their local library is, but many say they are unfamiliar with all the services it may offer.

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(via katiecouric)

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The public’s priorities for U.S. immigration policy have changed, with more people favoring a focus on better border security and tougher enforcement of immigration laws.

The public’s priorities for U.S. immigration policy have changed, with more people favoring a focus on better border security and tougher enforcement of immigration laws.

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