Commentary Apr. 21, 2015

2015 U.S.-Japan Survey Presentation

This presentation of findings from a survey conducted in the U.S. and Japan examines American and Japanese attitudes toward each other and their allies 70 years after the end of World War II.

Commentary Apr. 15, 2015

How Strong Is the U.S.-Japan Relationship?

This is a pivotal year in U.S.-Japan relations. As the two nations mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in August, it is a moment for both the American and Japanese publics to reflect on the past — but also to take the temperature of the current bilateral relationship and to consider its future.

Survey Reports Apr. 15, 2015

Cell Phones in Africa: Communication Lifeline

Texting Most Common Activity, but Mobile Money Popular in Several Countries

Survey Reports Apr. 7, 2015

Americans, Japanese: Mutual Respect 70 Years After the End of WWII

Neither Trusts China, Differ on Japan’s Security Role in Asia

Commentary Apr. 3, 2015

Rising Incomes and Rising Expectations: Hearing from the Newly Empowered

Having benefited from globalisation and increasing opportunities, citizens in emerging nations have new aspirations, new demands for their leaders and new resources at their disposal.

Survey Reports Mar. 19, 2015

Internet Seen as Positive Influence on Education but Negative on Morality in Emerging and Developing Nations

Internet Usage More Common Among the Young, Well-Educated and English Speakers

Commentary Mar. 6, 2015

Beware the Malaise

To paraphrase Leo Tolstoy, all unhappy people are unhappy in their own way. And their unhappiness does not necessarily mean they have the will or the wherewithal to pursue regime change. But there’s a worrying trend that threatens to roil nations on the brink of instability.

Commentary Mar. 4, 2015

Asian youth feel happy and helpless

The future belongs to the young. This is especially evident in parts of Asia. How young Asians see the world, their own futures and those of their countries often differs from the attitudes of their elders. Their differing views may go a long way toward determining their fate, that of their nations and of Asia.

Commentary Feb. 23, 2015

Europe’s Kids Are Moody and Depressed

The future belongs to the young. So how the next generation feels and thinks matters to people of all ages. As much as baby boomers may lament it, it is millennials — those coming of age in this new century — who will shape the world’s economic and geopolitical destiny for years to come.

Commentary Feb. 16, 2015

Young Brits Are Pro-EU, But Will They Vote?

Four decades after the 1975 referendum in which the British electorate voted by a two-to-one majority to join the EU’s predecessor, the European Economic Community, Britain’s relationship with the Continent remains a divisive issue in UK politics.

Survey Reports Feb. 12, 2015

Discontent with Politics Common in Many Emerging and Developing Nations

Widespread Belief That Wealthy Have Too Much Influence

Commentary Jan. 22, 2015

Torture Report’s Impact on U.S. Image in Europe May Be Muted

With Europe reeling from the recent killings in France by Islamic extremists, it remains to be seen whether European objections to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s recently disclosed harsh interrogation practices will impede closer U.S.-European intelligence collaboration.

Commentary Jan. 21, 2015

Obama Faces Mixed Message From American Public

As the immediate Republican reaction to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address demonstrates, expectations of bipartisan cooperation exist against a backdrop of continuing partisan gridlock in the United States, raising questions about the future course of U.S. foreign policy.

Commentary Jan. 20, 2015

Talking to a House Divided

Americans support strategic and economic engagement with the rest of the world, but within limits, and they remain divided on many of these issues along partisan lines, whatever their party leaders in Washington say.

Survey Reports Dec. 18, 2014

Many in Emerging and Developing Nations Disconnected from Politics

Participation Highest in Middle East

Survey Reports Dec. 11, 2014

Pope Francis’ Image Positive in Much of World

Less Well-Known Outside of Latin America and Europe

Commentary Nov. 29, 2014

71% of Indians expect first year of Modi government to boost economy

If the Indian public’s sense of its own well-being and that of the nation does not improve in both absolute and relative terms, the Modi government may eventually be called to account.

Commentary Nov. 25, 2014

Indians Don’t Hate Foreigners and Their Money Anymore

President Barack Obama will travel to India in January to participate in the Indian Republic Day celebration in New Delhi as the chief guest. While there he is expected to talk trade and anti-terrorism with his host Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Commentary Nov. 17, 2014

Trading Up?

If and when the new Congress considers implementing legislation for the TPP, that legislative fight might expose the dirty little secret of current American trade politics: both Democrats and Republicans in Congress seem to be out of touch with their own political bases on trade issues.

Commentary Nov. 15, 2014

Indians Are Now More Supportive of Trade and Foreign Investment

The Indian public’s views on trade and foreign investment are more positive than past Indian governments have claimed and more positive than foreigners often assume.

Survey Reports Nov. 13, 2014

Religion in Latin America

Nearly 40% of the world’s Catholics live in Latin America, but many people in the region have converted from Catholicism to Protestantism, while some have left organized religion altogether.

Commentary Nov. 7, 2014

Xi’s in the Money

For Xi Jinping and China’s leaders, the Nov. 5-11 APEC summit should provide a welcome opportunity to showcase China’s economic progress.

Survey Reports Nov. 6, 2014

Crime and Corruption Top Problems in Emerging and Developing Countries

Most National Institutions Respected, Especially Military

Commentary Nov. 4, 2014

Lame Duck? Shots Fired.

Americans head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4, with major international issues — the U.S. effort to counter Islamic State (IS) extremism, how to deal with Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian situation, Russia, and President Barack Obama’s general handling of foreign policy — likely to play a role in their vote.

Survey Reports Oct. 30, 2014

People in Emerging Markets Catch Up to Advanced Economies in Life Satisfaction

Asians Most Optimistic about Future, Middle Easterners the Least

Commentary Oct. 22, 2014

Is Laziness the Cause of Economic Inequality?

When offered the chance to choose one out of six different causes for inequality — government economic policies, workers’ pay, the educational system, trade, the tax system and the poor’s work ethic — people around the world generally agree that the gap between the rich and the poor is a product of failed government policies and inadequate wages.

Interactive Oct. 16, 2014

Greatest Dangers in the World

Our 2014 Global Attitudes survey in 44 countries asked which among five dangers was considered to be the “greatest threat to the world.” Many in the Middle East said religious and ethnic hatred was the greatest threat, while Europeans tended to choose inequality. Africans are more concerned with AIDS and other infectious diseases, while scattered countries, many with good reason, chose the spread of nuclear weapons or pollution and environmental problems as the top danger.

Survey Reports Oct. 16, 2014

Middle Easterners See Religious and Ethnic Hatred as Top Global Threat

Europeans and Americans Focus on Inequality as Greatest Danger

Survey Reports Oct. 15, 2014

Tunisian Confidence in Democracy Wanes

Ratings for Islamist Ennahda Party Have Declined Since Revolution

Survey Reports Oct. 9, 2014

Emerging and Developing Economies Much More Optimistic than Rich Countries about the Future

Education, Hard Work Considered Keys to Success, but Inequality Still a Challenge