Commentary Oct. 1, 2013

Is Democracy Dead in the Birthplace of the Arab Spring?

In the wake of rising public unrest, Tunisia’s government has announced it will step down and begin talks with the opposition about forming an interim administration in the run-up to new parliamentary and presidential elections.

Commentary Sep. 20, 2013

Occupy Bundestag

Germans’ concern about the gap between the rich and the poor suggests inequality is likely to be on Germans’ minds when they cast their ballots September 22. While recent surveys of voters’ intentions do not indicate such worries will necessarily influence the outcome of the election, polling data suggests measures to address inequality may be high on the agenda of the new German government.

Survey Reports Sep. 19, 2013

Environmental Concerns on the Rise in China

Many Also Worried about Inflation, Inequality, Corruption

Survey Reports Sep. 17, 2013

UN Retains Strong Global Image

Robust Support in America, Especially among Democrats

Commentary Sep. 16, 2013

What Water’s Edge?

It is not clear that such high-minded bipartisanship has ever driven Americans’ views on foreign policy. What is notable today, however, is the degree of such partisanship and the accelerating pace of this polarization on key international policy issues.

Commentary Sep. 13, 2013

Syria’s Neighbors Worry about Extremism, Too

The prospect of a U.S. military strike on Syria has focused new attention on the role and influence of Islamic extremist groups – including Jabhat al-Nusra, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and jihadists from Chechnya, Pakistan and other countries – opposing the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Commentary Sep. 12, 2013

Shift in Public Support for UN-backed Military Action

While UN approval might provide legal justification for a military strike against Syria, it is not at all clear that it would afford the American government and its European allies with political cover at home.

Survey Reports Sep. 12, 2013

Tunisians Disaffected with Leaders as Conditions Worsen

Doubts about Democracy; Most Support Political Role for Islam

Survey Reports Sep. 10, 2013

Muslim Publics Share Concerns about Extremist Groups

Much Diminished Support for Suicide Bombing

Commentary Sep. 9, 2013

Action against Syria Lacks Popular Backing

In the debate over whether the U.S. and one or more of its NATO allies should launch a military strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar 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 Sep. 5, 2013

Wane, Wax, Whatever

In his bilateral discussions with other world leaders at the G-20 Summit, President Barack Obama will be pressing for their support for his proposed military action against Syria’s chemical weapons capability. But his challenge may be less with heads of state than it is with their populations, including his own.

Survey Reports Sep. 3, 2013

Global Opinion of Russia Mixed

Negative Views Widespread in Mideast and Europe

Sep. 3, 2013

Global Views of Russia

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.