Analysis and research-driven commentary tied to poll findings and developments in the news

Nov. 20, 2015

2015 Democracy Survey Presentation

This presentation examines global public opinion on democratic principles, including religious freedom, gender equality, a free press, free speech and competitive elections.

Nov. 5, 2015

2015 Climate Change Survey Presentation

This presentation examines global public opinion about climate change. Using the Pew Research Center’s spring 2015 Global Attitudes survey, issues such as concern about climate change and support for action on climate change are addressed. It is based on 45,435 face-to-face and telephone interviews in 40 countries with adults 18 and older conducted from March […]

Sep. 28, 2015

2015 India Survey Presentation

This presentation examines public opinion in India, including views of national conditions, issues affecting the country, Prime Minister Modi and national institutions.

Sep. 28, 2015

Modbama: A Budding Bromance

As the American and Indian publics warm toward one another, a head of state affinity may lead to stronger ties.

Sep. 25, 2015

Are Africans Optimistic About the Future?

As the world sets new development goals, sub-Saharan Africans see hope and challenges ahead — and say they still need aid.

Sep. 21, 2015

Facebook’s ‘Dislike’ Button Is Going to Get a Lot of Use in Asia

When it comes to being friends and playing nice in Asia, there’s not a lot of love to go around.

Aug. 6, 2015

NATO’s Rot From Within

A worrying percentage of European publics don’t want to honor the fundamental tenet of the Atlantic alliance.

Aug. 4, 2015

Legacy of WWII Still Evident in German and Japanese Public Opinion and Relevant Today in Dealing with Russia and China

As the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and the Japanese surrender ending World War II approaches the publics of former enemy nations have unresolved views of their country’s involvement in the largest military conflict in history.

Jul. 14, 2015

Mixed public response to America’s pivot to Asia

In the October 2011 edition of the journal Foreign Policy, then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote that the U.S. planned to pivot to Asia.

Jun. 2, 2015

2015 EU Survey Presentation

This presentation examines public opinion in six European Union countries: France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom.

May. 29, 2015

When Did Democrats Become America’s Free Trade Believers?

As Washington debates “fast track” trade negotiating authority, politicians are out of sync with a turn in public sentiment.

May. 18, 2015

Germans and Americans differ over Russia

Germany and the United States, adversaries in WWII, allies during and after the Cold War, are now the two pillars of the transatlantic alliance.

May. 13, 2015

Germany’s America Angst

Ongoing Russian intervention in Ukraine has been met with U.S. and European economic sanctions against Moscow.

May. 7, 2015

2015 U.S.-Germany Survey Presentation

This presentation examines American and German attitudes toward each other and their respective geopolitical roles. This report is based on telephone surveys in the United States and Germany. In the U.S., interviews were conducted February 26 to March 1, 2015 among a national sample of 1,003 persons, 18 years of age or older. In Germany, […]

Apr. 21, 2015

2015 U.S.-Japan Survey Presentation

This presentation of findings from a survey conducted in the U.S. and Japan examines American and Japanese attitudes toward each other and their allies 70 years after the end of World War II.

Apr. 15, 2015

How Strong Is the U.S.-Japan Relationship?

This is a pivotal year in U.S.-Japan relations. As the two nations mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in August, it is a moment for both the American and Japanese publics to reflect on the past — but also to take the temperature of the current bilateral relationship and to consider its future.

Apr. 3, 2015

Rising Incomes and Rising Expectations: Hearing from the Newly Empowered

Having benefited from globalisation and increasing opportunities, citizens in emerging nations have new aspirations, new demands for their leaders and new resources at their disposal.

Mar. 6, 2015

Beware the Malaise

To paraphrase Leo Tolstoy, all unhappy people are unhappy in their own way. And their unhappiness does not necessarily mean they have the will or the wherewithal to pursue regime change. But there’s a worrying trend that threatens to roil nations on the brink of instability.

Mar. 4, 2015

Asian youth feel happy and helpless

The future belongs to the young. This is especially evident in parts of Asia. How young Asians see the world, their own futures and those of their countries often differs from the attitudes of their elders. Their differing views may go a long way toward determining their fate, that of their nations and of Asia.

Feb. 23, 2015

Europe’s Kids Are Moody and Depressed

The future belongs to the young. So how the next generation feels and thinks matters to people of all ages. As much as baby boomers may lament it, it is millennials — those coming of age in this new century — who will shape the world’s economic and geopolitical destiny for years to come.

Feb. 16, 2015

Young Brits Are Pro-EU, But Will They Vote?

Four decades after the 1975 referendum in which the British electorate voted by a two-to-one majority to join the EU’s predecessor, the European Economic Community, Britain’s relationship with the Continent remains a divisive issue in UK politics.

Jan. 22, 2015

Torture Report’s Impact on U.S. Image in Europe May Be Muted

With Europe reeling from the recent killings in France by Islamic extremists, it remains to be seen whether European objections to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s recently disclosed harsh interrogation practices will impede closer U.S.-European intelligence collaboration.

Jan. 21, 2015

Obama Faces Mixed Message From American Public

As the immediate Republican reaction to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address demonstrates, expectations of bipartisan cooperation exist against a backdrop of continuing partisan gridlock in the United States, raising questions about the future course of U.S. foreign policy.

Jan. 20, 2015

Talking to a House Divided

Americans support strategic and economic engagement with the rest of the world, but within limits, and they remain divided on many of these issues along partisan lines, whatever their party leaders in Washington say.

Nov. 29, 2014

71% of Indians expect first year of Modi government to boost economy

If the Indian public’s sense of its own well-being and that of the nation does not improve in both absolute and relative terms, the Modi government may eventually be called to account.

Nov. 25, 2014

Indians Don’t Hate Foreigners and Their Money Anymore

President Barack Obama will travel to India in January to participate in the Indian Republic Day celebration in New Delhi as the chief guest. While there he is expected to talk trade and anti-terrorism with his host Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Nov. 17, 2014

Trading Up?

If and when the new Congress considers implementing legislation for the TPP, that legislative fight might expose the dirty little secret of current American trade politics: both Democrats and Republicans in Congress seem to be out of touch with their own political bases on trade issues.

Nov. 15, 2014

Indians Are Now More Supportive of Trade and Foreign Investment

The Indian public’s views on trade and foreign investment are more positive than past Indian governments have claimed and more positive than foreigners often assume.

Nov. 7, 2014

Xi’s in the Money

For Xi Jinping and China’s leaders, the Nov. 5-11 APEC summit should provide a welcome opportunity to showcase China’s economic progress.

Nov. 4, 2014

Lame Duck? Shots Fired.

Americans head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4, with major international issues — the U.S. effort to counter Islamic State (IS) extremism, how to deal with Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian situation, Russia, and President Barack Obama’s general handling of foreign policy — likely to play a role in their vote.