Analysis and research-driven commentary tied to poll findings and developments in the news
Egypt, Democracy and Islam
Majorities of Egyptian Muslims believe that democracy is preferable to any other kind of government, and by wide margins, Muslims in Egypt say that Islam plays a positive role in their country’s politics.
Obama’s Middle East Problem
While global publics largely take a positive view of President Obama, he receives his lowest marks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – and his ratings are especially poor in the Arab nations of the Middle East.
Czechs’ Commitment to Free Markets and Democracy Stays Strong Amidst Troubled Economic and Political Waters
With an election approaching, Czechs are unhappy with conditions in their country and frustrated with the way democracy is working, but are committed to free market economics and democratic values.
Hungary Dissatisfied with Democracy, but Not Its Ideals
With parliamentary elections approaching, Hungarians are dissatisfied with their economy and with the current state of democracy in their country. However, they still value democratic rights and institutions.
Ukraine Says ’No’ to NATO
New Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s move to ban Ukraine from becoming a member of NATO is not without a base of public support.
Indonesia: The Obama Effect
President Barack Obama’s popularity has transformed America’s image in Indonesia. However, the world’s largest predominantly Muslim country is an outlier in the Muslim world, where opinions of the U.S. remain mostly negative.
Reviving America’s Global Image
In a briefing for a congressional subcommittee, Andrew Kohut describes the rise of anti-Americanism over the last decade, its sharp decline after Obama’s election and the reasons why this improving trend may be fragile.
The Post-Communist Generation in the Former Eastern Bloc
Members of the post-communist generation offer much more positive evaluations of the political and economic changes their countries have undergone over the past two decades than do those who were adults when communism collapsed.
Ukraine’s National Election – a Problem of Democracy?
Economy, Poor Leadership, Corruption Key
Widespread Anti-Immigrant Sentiment in Italy
More than 1,000 immigrants have been evacuated from southern Italy after a recent wave of violence against African farm workers. Surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project find that anti-immigrant sentiment is widespread
Little Support for Terrorism Among Muslim Americans
Recent events have raised questions about the threat of homegrown terrorism in the U.S., but survey results show that Muslim Americans overwhelmingly reject extremism.
Negative Views of U.S. Unchanged in Turkey
But Some Signs of Improvement
Global Warming Seen as a Major Problem Around the World Less Concern in the U.S., China and Russia
Less Concern in the U.S., China and Russia
Europeans and Americans Share Concerns About Iran’s Nuclear Program
Russians Less Worried
Obama Popular in Japan, China and South Korea
But Only Modest Improvements in U.S. Image
Americans and Western Europeans Agree on Afghanistan-Pakistan Extremist Threat
Consensus Despite Divisions on Afghan War
Obama’s Nobel Prize
The Peace Prize award is another sign of the president’s international appeal; his election lifted America’s image around the globe
Obama Addresses More Popular U.N.
Ratings Improved the Most in the U.S.
U.S. Image Improved in Canada
But Many Differ With Obama on Afghanistan
Declining Support for bin Laden and Suicide Bombing
Many fewer among Muslim publics express confidence in bin Laden or support violence against civilians in defense of Islam
Few in NATO Support Call For Additional Forces in Afghanistan
Troop increases may face considerable opposition in many NATO countries, which were opposed to Obama?s original call for more forces
Obamamania Missing in Muslim World
Only Modest Changes in U.S. Image in Predominantly Muslim Countries
Positive Aspects of U.S. Image
Certain Elements of America’s Image are Broadly Popular
Obama Unlikely to Find a Quick Fix for U.S. Global Image
President Will Face Challenges on Economic Crisis, Other Issues
Optimism and Obstacles for Obama in Europe
By Erin Carriere-Kretschmer, Senior Research Associate, Pew Global Attitudes Project On his first trip overseas, U.S. President Barack Obama intends to tackle the current global economic downturn and NATO commitments in Afghanistan, with stops in Britain, France, Germany, Czech Republic and Turkey. Public opinion polls suggest Obama may have reason to expect a mostly warm […]
Few in Pakistan Support Extremists
But Few Favor Military Confrontation
A Crisis of Confidence in Capitalism?
The Global Middle Class
Views on Democracy, Religion, Values, and Life Satisfaction in Emerging Nations
Views of Venezuela’s Chavez Have Hardened in the Region — and at Home
Venezuelan President’s Popularity Has Declined in Latin America
Ideological Gaps Over Israel on Both Sides of Atlantic
The American public has long expressed strong support for Israel. In a survey conducted earlier this month during the conflict in the Gaza Strip, 49% of Americans said they sympathized more with Israel in its dispute with the Palestinians, while just 11% sympathized more with the Palestinians and 15% said they sympathized with neither side. […]