Analysis and research-driven commentary tied to poll findings and developments in the news
New Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Leadership
Almost seven months into Donald Trump’s presidency, the president is losing “bigly” on the world stage. According to polling by the Pew Research Centre, belief in the US’ ability to lead in world affairs is at an all time low.
The EU Is Alive and Well, But the Referendums Are Coming
The resounding June 18 victory of the pro-European Union En Marche party in the French National Assembly elections suggests, to paraphrase Mark Twain, that reports of the imminent death of the EU were premature.
Do British Voters Regret Brexit Enough to Dump Theresa May?
A new Pew Research Center survey finds that 48 percent in Britain think exiting the EU will be bad for their country, compared with 44 percent who say Brexit will benefit their nation.
Americans want sanctions against North Korea. What will Trump do?
When Congress reconvenes next week, North Korea and China will be near the top of the Washington policy agenda, if not the legislative calendar.
Frustrations and expectations in sub-Saharan Africa
When asked about the most pressing problems in their countries, people in sub-Saharan Africa often recite a familiar list of challenges: poverty, health care, education, corruption, and other difficult issues.
Americans’ fear of China ebbs in the age of Trump
Ahead of that ‘difficult’ Xi summit, Americans’ worries about U.S. debt, job losses and trade imbalances have eased, and their overall opinion of China has grown more positive.
The Politics of Belonging
The tide of people moving across the world as immigrants or refugees has sparked concern in the developed world – from the United States to Europe to Australia.
In light of Trump’s travel ban, do you have to be Christian to be a true American?
The White House claims that an executive order temporarily closing U.S. borders to refugees and others from seven predominantly Muslim countries is about national security, not religion. Critics claim the order amounts to a ban on Muslims.
Refugees in the Mind of the West
The Trump administration’s executive order was a reminder that immigration has been a hotly contested issue in American politics at various times in both the 19th and 20th centuries.
Scared of China? In U.S., fear runs along age, partisan lines
Over the past quarter century, more than one U.S. president has pledged to get “tough on China.”
A U.S. dream, or nightmare, for Europeans?
“America,” wrote Hannah Arendt in 1954, “has been both the dream and the nightmare of Europe.”
Populism is not a coherent transatlantic trend
As 2017 begins, populist politics are on the rise on both sides of the Atlantic.
Trump Supporters and the Asia-Pacific
The election of Donald Trump ushers in a new chapter in US relations with the Asia-Pacific region.
Europe’s Far-Right Anger Is Moving Mainstream
In the wake of the Brexit vote in Britain and the recent Italian referendum, and with national elections looming in 2017 in the Netherlands, France, and Germany, there is concern that Europe may be inundated by a populist wave.
Trump Supporters Have an Appetite for Risk
Better understanding public discontent—where it corresponds with candidate Trump’s stated policy positions and where it contradicts them–provides insights into future popular support for potential Trump administration policies, especially those that relate to the rest of the world.
Voters are fed up with politicians. But that doesn’t mean they’ve given up on democracy
Governments seem to be getting poor reviews around much of the globe. In Western and non-Western nations, in the Global South and the Global North, disillusionment with politicians is widespread.
Japanese Among Most Outward Looking
Despite souring public sentiment about their domestic economy and the belief that Japan’s role on the world stage has plateaued or is on the decline, the Japanese are among the most outward looking, internationally engaged publics among major countries recently surveyed by the Pew Research Center.
Unlike the West, India and China Embrace Globalization
In contrast with the developed West, globalization and economic integration remain popular in the world’s two largest developing countries – India and China.
The Honeymoon Between India and Modi Continues
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is riding a wave of public good feeling about the way things are going in India, the state of the domestic economy and his own stewardship of the country.
World’s Mind Made Up on US Presidential Race
Pew Research Center survey in 15 nations: Obama is tough act to follow, Clinton is more trusted than Trump
The Immigration Crisis Is Tearing Europe Apart
Fear of terrorism, Muslims, and refugees is driving the parties of the right and left further apart than ever before.
Europe still has love for America
Rising public anger and spread of populism around the Continent has not resulted in return of anti-Americanism.
As Censorship Spreads Globally, Americans Stand Out for Support of Free Expression
Germany is far from the only country currently drawing ire from free speech advocates. Globally, threats to free speech are on the rise.
A vote for protectionism or free trade?
Special to Business Standard The future role of the United States in the world economy has been a recurring theme in the 2016 American presidential election. Republican candidate Donald Trump has called for a 45 per cent tariff on US imports from China. All of the leading presidential candidates from both parties have criticised the […]
Don’t listen to Donald Trump, the U.S. still values Europe
Why Europe should pay attention to the public sentiment that will shape America’s foreign policy after 2017.
American Isolationism, With a Very, Very Big Stick
Polls show that U.S. voters want to focus on domestic issues, and yet support for defense spending is at its highest level since 9/11.
U.S. voters are suspicious of China
Asia-related issues have figured prominently in this year’s U.S. presidential primary campaign but most U.S. voters still believe that Europe is more important.
The United States: Divided in More Ways Than One
Polarization on trade, security and immigration hobbles the U.S. and its major parties, especially Republicans.
Choices by U.S. Voters Will Influence the World
The U.S. presidential campaign is dominated by global issues including trade, immigration and terrorism – and voters have mixed feelings.
Terror’s electoral joker card
With an unstable public mood on both sides of the Atlantic, terrorism could prove a political wildcard in both the United States and in Europe in the months ahead.