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

CommentaryAugust 8, 2017

Global Confidence in the United States Is Shaken

Though just six months old, Donald Trump’s presidency has already had a major impact on how the world views the United States.

CommentaryJuly 20, 2017

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.

CommentaryJune 26, 2017

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.

CommentaryJune 7, 2017

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.

CommentaryApril 27, 2017

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.

CommentaryApril 25, 2017

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.

CommentaryApril 6, 2017

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.

CommentaryMarch 30, 2017

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.

CommentaryFebruary 14, 2017

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.

CommentaryFebruary 9, 2017

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.

CommentaryJanuary 30, 2017

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.”

CommentaryJanuary 23, 2017

A U.S. dream, or nightmare, for Europeans?

“America,” wrote Hannah Arendt in 1954, “has been both the dream and the nightmare of Europe.”

CommentaryJanuary 5, 2017

Populism is not a coherent transatlantic trend

As 2017 begins, populist politics are on the rise on both sides of the Atlantic.

CommentaryDecember 22, 2016

Trump Supporters and the Asia-Pacific

The election of Donald Trump ushers in a new chapter in US relations with the Asia-Pacific region.

CommentaryDecember 21, 2016

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.

CommentaryDecember 16, 2016

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.

CommentaryNovember 16, 2016

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.

CommentaryNovember 2, 2016

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.

CommentaryOctober 24, 2016

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.

CommentarySeptember 22, 2016

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.

CommentaryAugust 16, 2016

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

CommentaryJuly 22, 2016

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.

CommentaryJuly 10, 2016

Europe still has love for America

Rising public anger and spread of populism around the Continent has not resulted in return of anti-Americanism.

CommentaryJune 13, 2016

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.

CommentaryJune 2, 2016

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 […]

CommentaryMay 23, 2016

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.

CommentaryMay 17, 2016

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.

CommentaryMay 12, 2016

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.

CommentaryMay 6, 2016

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.

CommentaryMarch 17, 2016

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.