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.
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.
Global Opposition to U.S. Surveillance and Drones, but Limited Harm to America’s Image
Many in Asia Worry about Conflict with China
Global Opinions of U.S. Surveillance
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.
Russia’s Global Image Negative amid Crisis in Ukraine
Americans’ and Europeans’ Views Sour Dramatically
Concerns about Islamic Extremism on the Rise in Middle East
Negative Opinions of al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah Widespread
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.
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 […]
Iran’s Global Image Largely Negative
Favorable Ratings Fall Further in the Middle East
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.
Syria’s Neighbors Want Assad to Step Down, But No Appetite for Aid to Rebels
Many Fear Extremists Could Take Control of Syria
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.
On Eve of World Cup, Brazil Well-Regarded in Much of the World
Young People Especially Positive
Brazilian Discontent Ahead of World Cup
President Rousseff Gets Poor Marks on Key Issues
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.
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.
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.
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.
One Year after Morsi’s Ouster, Divides Persist on El-Sisi, Muslim Brotherhood
Frustration Mounts as Confidence in Democracy Wanes
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
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.
Despite Concerns about Governance, Ukrainians Want to Remain One Country
Many Leery of Russian Influence, as Putin Gets Boost at Home
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.
Public Health a Major Priority in African Nations
Improving Hospitals, Dealing with HIV/AIDS are Top Issues
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.
Indians See Rape as a Major National Problem
Majorities Say Laws and Law Enforcement Are Inadequate
Global Views on Morality
Compare Values across 40 Countries
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.
Support in Principle for U.S.-EU Trade Pact
But Some Americans and Germans Wary of TTIP Details