Commentary Jul. 17, 2014

Japan, China Neck and Neck in Asian Popularity Contest

The rivalry between China and Japan is heating up. China is viewed with favor for its economic contribution to the region, but with concern about its territorial ambitions throughout the region. Japan, while not in China’s class economically, is quite popular — at least outside Northeast Asia.

Commentary Jul. 16, 2014

How the World Sees Obama

Beleaguered at home, U.S. President Barack Obama remains beloved in many nations abroad, and he is far more popular than his predecessor George W. Bush.

Commentary Jul. 14, 2014

No Difference a Year Makes

Overall, attitudes toward the United States are largely unchanged from 2013. This suggests that despite a perception at home that U.S. influence abroad is waning, there is little evidence of that erosion overseas.

Survey Reports Jul. 14, 2014

Global Opposition to U.S. Surveillance and Drones, but Limited Harm to America’s Image

Many in Asia Worry about Conflict with China

Jul. 14, 2014

Global Opinions of U.S. Surveillance

Commentary Jul. 9, 2014

Americans Deeply Divided on U.S. Role in World

Americans are more inward looking today on foreign policy issues than they have been at any time in the last half century, and the fissures that separate one American from another on international affairs are far more nuanced than a simple left-right disagreement.

Survey Reports Jul. 9, 2014

Russia’s Global Image Negative amid Crisis in Ukraine

Americans’ and Europeans’ Views Sour Dramatically

Survey Reports Jul. 1, 2014

Concerns about Islamic Extremism on the Rise in Middle East

Negative Opinions of al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah Widespread

Commentary Jun. 27, 2014

The Middle East Has Thrown in the Towel on Making Peace with Israel

New polls from across the Middle East show a deep pessimism on the possibility of a non-violent, two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians.

Survey Reports Jun. 25, 2014

Mounting Pessimism about Two-State Israeli-Palestinian Solution

In the wake of yet another breakdown in the Middle East peace process, publics in the region have little faith that a way can be found for Israel and an independent Palestinian state to coexist peacefully with each other. Majorities or pluralities in countries across the region voice the view that peaceful coexistence is not […]

Survey Reports Jun. 18, 2014

Iran’s Global Image Largely Negative

Favorable Ratings Fall Further in the Middle East

Commentary Jun. 18, 2014

Between Assad and a Hard Place

Syria’s neighbors fear an extremist Syria, and they want Assad to go, but there is no support among publics in the Middle East for either Western or Arab intervention to achieve those ends.

Survey Reports Jun. 16, 2014

Syria’s Neighbors Want Assad to Step Down, But No Appetite for Aid to Rebels

Many Fear Extremists Could Take Control of Syria

Commentary Jun. 15, 2014

Is America dangerously divided?

Republicans and Democrats in the United States are more divided along ideological lines, and the resulting political acrimony is deeper and more extensive, than at any point in recent U.S. history.

Survey Reports Jun. 11, 2014

On Eve of World Cup, Brazil Well-Regarded in Much of the World

Young People Especially Positive

Survey Reports Jun. 3, 2014

Brazilian Discontent Ahead of World Cup

President Rousseff Gets Poor Marks on Key Issues

Commentary Jun. 3, 2014

Is Ukraine More Like Latvia or Greece?

Ukraine will be at the top of the agenda when the leaders of the G7 advanced economies meet in Brussels, and their deliberations are likely to focus on what their governments can do to bolster the newly elected Ukrainian government in the face of continued violence by pro-Russian sympathizers within the country.

Commentary May. 30, 2014

Survey Research and International Affairs

When done well, surveys give the public a voice and ensure that the beliefs and opinions of ordinary citizens are heard in debates about important political, economic, and social topics.

Commentary May. 26, 2014

Why EU Election Results Are No Surprise

Europe’s voters have spoken – and what they had to say has shaken capitals across the continent as far right and some far left parties made significant gains in elections to the European parliament.

Commentary May. 23, 2014

Egypt Isn’t Stable

Former Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is certain to emerge victorious. While international observers and his Islamist rivals will question the legitimacy of his victory, Sisi will emerge from the vote in control of the Egyptian state.

Survey Reports May. 22, 2014

One Year after Morsi’s Ouster, Divides Persist on El-Sisi, Muslim Brotherhood

Frustration Mounts as Confidence in Democracy Wanes

Survey Reports May. 12, 2014

A Fragile Rebound for EU Image on Eve of European Parliament Elections

EU Favorability Rises, but Majorities Say Their Voice Is Not Heard in Brussels

Commentary May. 9, 2014

Americans Simply Don’t Care About Peace in the Middle East

No one said a Middle East peace deal was going to be easy. Brokering such an agreement has been a lost cause for what’s now a long line of U.S. presidents. As always, Israelis, Palestinians, and Americans have begun to point fingers over who is to blame for the recent breakdown.

Survey Reports May. 8, 2014

Despite Concerns about Governance, Ukrainians Want to Remain One Country

Many Leery of Russian Influence, as Putin Gets Boost at Home

Commentary May. 2, 2014

Americans want to steer clear of Ukraine crisis

As the crisis in Ukraine deepens, Americans back the kind of economic sanctions against Russia recently announced by the Obama administration. But even as allegations mount of covert Russian intervention in Ukraine, a war-weary American public doesn’t back getting tougher on Moscow.

Survey Reports May. 1, 2014

Public Health a Major Priority in African Nations

Improving Hospitals, Dealing with HIV/AIDS are Top Issues

Commentary Apr. 24, 2014

Who’s Down with TPP?

Elements of both the Obama administration’s signature trade initiatives, while generally backed by the public, have been subject to criticism and face an uncertain future on Capitol Hill, where Congress will eventually have to approve any final agreements.

Survey Reports Apr. 22, 2014

Indians See Rape as a Major National Problem

Majorities Say Laws and Law Enforcement Are Inadequate

Survey Reports Apr. 15, 2014

Global Views on Morality

Compare Values across 40 Countries

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.