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.

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.