Commentary Aug. 30, 2013

Does public care about UN blessing over Syria?

In the debate over whether the United States and one or more of its NATO allies should launch a military strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over its alleged use of chemical weapons, much has been made of the need for multilateral sanction for such an effort, either by the U.N. Security Council or NATO.

Commentary Aug. 11, 2013

Reached middle-class status? Start complaining about it

In China, one of the greatest economic transformations in history is taking place, as millions move from poverty into the middle class.

Commentary Aug. 6, 2013

China finding superpower path no cakewalk

China’s power is growing, but as it assumes a more prominent role on the world stage, its global reputation is beset by a host of challenges.

Commentary Aug. 5, 2013

Asia’s view of China – mostly wary, but Japan most of all

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s call for high-level talks with China comes at a time when Japanese attitudes toward China have soured precipitously as tensions have grown due to disputes over trade, geopolitics and history.

Commentary Jul. 26, 2013

America’s International Image Slipping

In the fifth year of the Obama presidency, the United States’ image remains strong around the world compared with the last years of the administration of President George W. Bush. Still, pro-America sentiment is slipping.

Survey Reports Jul. 25, 2013

As Mali Votes, Mixed Reception to French Intervention from Publics in Africa and Middle East

Most French Approve

Commentary Jul. 19, 2013

Is Abe ready for Japanese expectations?

Japanese voters head to the polls elect members of the upper house of Japan’s national legislature, and the ballot is shaping up as a referendum on the seven-month tenure of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government.

Jul. 18, 2013

Global Image of the United States and China

United States Overall, global attitudes toward America are positive. In 28 of 38 nations, half or more of those surveyed express a favorable opinion of the U.S. And across these nations, a median of 63% have a positive view of America. The U.S. receives high ratings in most of Europe, Latin America, the Asia/Pacific region, […]

Jul. 18, 2013

World’s Leading Economic Power

Although many around the world believe the economic balance of power is shifting, the U.S. is still seen as the world’s leading economic power by pluralities or majorities in 22 of the 39 countries polled. China is seen as dominant in eight countries, with the remaining nine divided in their opinions. Overall, a median of […]

Survey Reports Jul. 18, 2013

America’s Global Image Remains More Positive than China’s

But Many See China Becoming World’s Leading Power

Jul. 18, 2013

United States and China: The Image of the Globe’s Two Superpowers

Since the 2008 financial crisis, perceptions about the economic balance of power in the world have been shifting, with China increasingly seen as the world’s leading economic power. However, China’s increasing power has not led to more positive ratings for the People’s Republic. Overall, the U.S. enjoys a stronger global image than China. People are […]

Survey Reports Jul. 11, 2013

Japanese Public’s Mood Rebounding, Abe Highly Popular

China and South Korea Very Negative Toward Japan

Commentary Jul. 11, 2013

American International Engagement on the Rocks

Getting the American public’s attention, let alone commitment to deal with international issues is as challenging as it has ever been in the modern era. The depth and duration of the public’s disengagement these days goes well beyond the periodic spikes in isolationist sentiment that have been observed over the past 50 years.

Commentary Jun. 26, 2013

Obama Ahead of U.S. Public on Climate Change

The Obama administration is stepping up its game in dealing with climate change. Such moves echo widespread public concern about global warming outside the United States.

Survey Reports Jun. 24, 2013

Climate Change and Financial Instability Seen as Top Global Threats

Survey Report Publics around the world are concerned about the effect of global climate change and international financial instability, with majorities in many of the nations surveyed saying these are major threats to their countries. But Islamic extremism is also a serious concern, particularly in the United States, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. In contrast, relatively […]

Survey Reports Jun. 11, 2013

Global Views of Iran Overwhelmingly Negative

Opposition Still Widespread to Tehran Obtaining Nuclear Arms

Commentary Jun. 11, 2013

Australians Happy – But Not with Their Government

With the September general election approaching, polls show the government of Prime Minister Julia Gillard trailing the opposition by a growing margin, despite the fact that Australians are among the most satisfied publics in the world.

Survey Reports Jun. 4, 2013

The Global Divide on Homosexuality

Greater Acceptance in More Secular and Affluent Countries

Jun. 4, 2013

Global Acceptance of Homosexuality

There is broad acceptance of homosexuality in North America, the European Union, and much of Latin America. However, rejection of homosexuality is equally widespread in predominantly Muslim nations and in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as in parts of Asia and in Russia. Views of homosexuality are particularly positive in Spain (88% say it should be […]

Commentary May. 28, 2013

World Worried about Inequality

Income inequality has been growing at an increasingly rapid pace. And publics around the world – and especially in Europe – are taking note.

Commentary May. 27, 2013

Abenomics’ Challenge: The Japanese Attitude

Government must bridge gap between personal, national expectations

May. 23, 2013

Global Econ Quiz

Test how much you know about economic attitudes in the world, based on an international survey by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project.

May. 23, 2013

Advanced Economies Report Lowest Deprivation

While people in advanced economies are most bearish about their economic situation, they report very low levels of deprivation relative to others around the world, including people in emerging nations who are more positive and optimistic about economic conditions. Reports of deprivation are closely related to national wealth. For example, in Australia, Canada and Germany […]

May. 23, 2013

Widespread Dissatisfaction with Economy

Publics around the world are decidedly unhappy about their nations’ economies. However, citizens of emerging market countries are overall more pleased with their economies than are people in advanced or developing economies. A median of 53% in emerging markets say their national economy is doing well, compared with 33% in developing countries and 24% in […]

Survey Reports May. 23, 2013

Economies of Emerging Markets Better Rated During Difficult Times

Global Downturn Takes Heavy Toll; Inequality Seen as Rising

Survey Reports May. 16, 2013

Egyptians Increasingly Glum

Not Optimistic about Economy or Certain They Are Better Off Post-Mubarak

Commentary May. 14, 2013

The New Sick Man of Europe

Today, it is the European Union itself that is the sick man of Europe. Efforts over the past half-century to create a more united continent are now the principal casualties of the ongoing eurozone crisis. This creates yet another complication for European leaders as they attempt to craft a way forward in dealing with the economic and political consequences of the ‘Great Recession’.

Commentary May. 14, 2013

Threat to the EU: German Exceptionalism Poses a Challenge

The euro crisis has exposed a range of intra-European problems long hidden from the harsh light of day. Not the least of these is German exceptionalism. Over the last two generations one goal of the European project has been to narrow the differences between Germany and the rest of Europe. But recent economic difficulties have only amplified those dissimilarities.

Commentary May. 14, 2013

Europeans Grow Dissatisfied with the Inequities of the Economic System

A major casualty of the euro crisis has been Europeans’ faith in the fairness of their economic system. In what is now the fifth year in the wake of the Great Recession, Europeans believe that inequality is now a major problem in their societies and think that things will only get worse.

Survey Reports May. 13, 2013

The New Sick Man of Europe: the European Union

French Dispirited; Attitudes Diverge Sharply from Germans