Survey Reports Apr. 15, 2014

Global Views on Morality

Commentary Apr. 10, 2014

Despite Protectionist Image, Americans Want Freer Trade with Japan

Broad American support for international commerce, for increased trade with Japan and for the TPP suggests the political climate in Washington for congressional consideration of an eventual TPP deal may not be as negative as it might appear given the current negotiating deadlock over details of the trade agreement.

Survey Reports Apr. 9, 2014

Support in Principle for U.S.-EU Trade Pact

But Some Americans and Germans Wary of TTIP Details

Commentary Apr. 4, 2014

China or America? Indians Pick U.S.

As Indians head to the polls over the next six weeks, their country again finds itself in a world with two preeminent powers: this time, China and the United States.

Commentary Apr. 1, 2014

Worry, but Wait

Russia’s annexation of Crimea and China’s territorial ambitions in the East and South China Seas are a stark reminder that balance of power politics are alive and well in the 21st century, long after some pundits dismissed them as relics of a bygone era.

Survey Reports Mar. 31, 2014

Indians Reflect on Their Country & the World

Troubled by Economic Problems, Corruption,
Pakistan and China

Commentary Mar. 21, 2014

Turkey’s Twitter Block and Global Internet Freedom

Vladimir Putin has never been a fan of a free press or open public debates, but the Ukraine crisis has provided the Kremlin with a new favorite target for cracking down even more harshly on political expression: cyberspace.

Survey Reports Mar. 19, 2014

Emerging and Developing Nations Want Freedom on the Internet

Young Especially Opposed to Censorship

Survey Reports Mar. 13, 2014

Worldwide, Many See Belief in God as Essential to Morality

Richer Nations Are Exception

Commentary Mar. 12, 2014

Will Ukraine Crisis Hasten Decline of Russia’s Global Image?

Regardless of what happens in the coming days and weeks in Ukraine, it is already apparent that the crisis has taken its toll on some key players in the court of international opinion: Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Western solidarity and U.S. President Barack Obama.

Commentary Mar. 12, 2014

Let’s Sit This One Out

As Europe and the United States struggle to come up with a unified response to Russia’s military encroachment in Ukraine, one of their biggest challenges may be to convince their publics to take any strong action at all.

Commentary Feb. 27, 2014

Everything’s Coming Up Modi

The Indian public would prefer Narendra Modi’s right-of-center, Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party rather than the ruling left-of-center Indian National Congress party to lead the next Indian government.

Commentary Feb. 27, 2014

Indians Dissatisfied with Direction of Country

Indians are dissatisfied with the way things are going in their country today, and they would prefer the Hindu nationalist opposition Bharatiya Janata Party to lead the next Indian government, rather than the current governing coalition led by the left-of-center Indian National Congress party.

Survey Reports Feb. 26, 2014

Indians Want Political Change

Modi Viewed More Favorably than Gandhi

Feb. 13, 2014

Greater Technology Use Linked to Higher Per Capita Income

Technology usage is strongly correlated with national income across the countries surveyed. Countries with a higher GDP per capita generally have higher rates of smartphone ownership and internet and social networking use, while poorer countries tend to have lower rates of technology usage. Mouse over the countries below to reveal technology use and GDP per […]

Survey Reports Feb. 13, 2014

Emerging Nations Embrace Internet, Mobile Technology

Cell Phones Nearly Ubiquitous in Many Countries

Commentary Feb. 6, 2014

Demographic Clocks Ticking All across Asia

By Bruce Stokes, Director of Global Economic Attitudes, Pew Research Center Special to Nikkei East Asia’s demographic clock is ticking, and it’s loudest in Japan. But by the middle of the century South Korea may face an equal aging challenge, with China not far behind. Meanwhile, few East Asians are confident of an adequate standard […]

Commentary Feb. 3, 2014

The Cost of Growing Older

By 2050, rapidly graying populations are likely to impose an unprecedented fiscal burden on the United States, many European countries, Japan, and South Korea.

Commentary Jan. 30, 2014

What the Graying World Can Teach America

Fiscal and societal burdens of an aging America are far from unique; Europe and increasingly much of Asia face a far more challenging future in which there is a mismatch between demographics and slowing economic growth.

Jan. 30, 2014

Global Population Estimates by Age, 1950-2050

The demographic future for the U.S. and the world looks very different than the recent past. Growth from 1950 to 2010 was rapid—the global population nearly tripled, and the U.S. population doubled. However, population growth from 2010 to 2050 is projected to be significantly slower and is expected to tilt strongly to the oldest age […]

Survey Reports Jan. 30, 2014

Attitudes about Aging: A Global Perspective

In a Rapidly Graying World, Japanese Are Worried, Americans Aren’t

Commentary Jan. 27, 2014

The Limited Allure of Extremism

If recent history is any guide, extremists’ current momentum will likely be followed by a strong backlash. Indeed, generally speaking, the more people are exposed to extremist violence and al-Qaeda-style rule, the less they like it.

Commentary Jan. 16, 2014

Americans Want to Turn Away From World’s Problems

In 2013 there is an unprecedented lack of support for American engagement with the rest of the world. The public suggests that the nation does too much to solve world problems.

Commentary Jan. 14, 2014

U.S. Isolationism Isn’t Protectionism

New polling data showing that the American public is turning inward, preoccupied with domestic affairs and less interested in international engagement, is not evidence of a rise in U.S. economic protectionism, with its grave consequences for global business.

Commentary Jan. 6, 2014

Killer Elite

The disconnect in perception and priorities between experts and the general public reflects the inevitable tension between policy and politics in any democratic country; but it also comes with an often contradictory and confusing mixed message to foreigners about America’s intentions on the world stage.

Commentary Jan. 3, 2014

World Still Downbeat on Economic Prospects

The widely shared disconnect between the world’s modest recovery from the Great Recession and the public mood is testimony to the depth of the downturn and the persistence of unemployment.

Commentary Dec. 20, 2013

Americans Deeply Divided on Foreign Policy

With national debates looming next year over Iran, Syria, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, trade and China, continued partisan discord is probably unavoidable. What may be different this time is the shear depth of that partisan divide.

Commentary Dec. 18, 2013

T-Tipped

As free trade negotiations with Europe proceed, Americans seem predisposed toward trade liberalization, especially with the European Union. But concerns about the impact of trade on wages and jobs and a generational pivot toward Asia suggest that TTIP is not a slam dunk.

Commentary Dec. 17, 2013

A Not So “Special Relationship”

On discreet foreign policy issues of topical bilateral concern, there is often general agreement on broad issues between the British and American publics and disagreement on specifics.

Commentary Dec. 17, 2013

Public Opinion May Restrict Obama’s Second-Term Foreign Policy

Recent developments regarding Iran, Syria and China suggest that President Barack Obama, like his predecessors, will concentrate more on international issues as his presidency winds down. The American public, however, may not let him do so.