CommentaryOctober 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.

InteractiveOctober 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.

Featured ReportOctober 16, 2014

Middle Easterners See Religious and Ethnic Hatred as Top Global Threat

Europeans and Americans Focus on Inequality as Greatest Danger

Multi-section ReportsOctober 15, 2014

Tunisian Confidence in Democracy Wanes

Ratings for Islamist Ennahda Party Have Declined Since Revolution

Multi-section ReportsOctober 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

CommentarySeptember 19, 2014

World Remains Glum about Economic Prospects

Six years since the beginning of the Great Recession and publics around the world remain glum about the state of their economy and prospects for an economic recovery. In most nations, people say their country is heading in the wrong direction and most voice the view that economic conditions are bad.

Featured ReportSeptember 16, 2014

Faith and Skepticism about Trade, Foreign Investment

Developing countries provide the strongest support for international trade and foreign investment, while people in many advanced economies are skeptical. Americans are among the least likely to hold a positive view of the impact of trade on jobs and wages.

PublicationsSeptember 9, 2014

Developing Countries Most Satisfied with Economy

Six years after the beginning of the Great Recession, amid an uneven global economic recovery, publics around the world remain glum. A global median of 60% see their country’s economy performing poorly.

Multi-section ReportsSeptember 9, 2014

Global Public Downbeat about Economy

Many Wary of the Future

Multi-section ReportsAugust 27, 2014

A Less Gloomy Mood in Pakistan

Sharif Gets High Marks, while Khan’s Ratings Drop

Multi-section ReportsAugust 26, 2014

Mexican President Peña Nieto’s Ratings Slip with Economic Reform

Fewer Mexicans Report Having Friends or Family in the U.S.

Multi-section ReportsJuly 30, 2014

Turks Divided on Erdogan and the Country’s Direction

About Half Support Gezi Park Protests

CommentaryJuly 30, 2014

Did NSA Snooping Hurt U.S. Image? Not So Much

It is conventional wisdom among many pundits and opinion leaders that recent revelations of spying by the U.S. National Security Agency have deeply scarred America’s reputation abroad.

CommentaryJuly 28, 2014

Keep Your Eyes on Beijing

Even as Washington and other Western capitals are understandably preoccupied with Ukraine and the Middle East, the pot in Asia is simmering towards a boil.

CommentaryJuly 17, 2014

Japan, China Neck and Neck in Asian Popularity Contest

The rivalry between China and Japan is heating up. China is viewed with favor for its economic contribution to the region, but with concern about its territorial ambitions throughout the region. Japan, while not in China’s class economically, is quite popular — at least outside Northeast Asia.

CommentaryJuly 16, 2014

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.

CommentaryJuly 14, 2014

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.

Multi-section ReportsJuly 14, 2014

Global Opposition to U.S. Surveillance and Drones, but Limited Harm to America’s Image

Many in Asia Worry about Conflict with China

InteractiveJuly 14, 2014

Global Opinions of U.S. Surveillance

CommentaryJuly 9, 2014

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.

Multi-section ReportsJuly 9, 2014

Russia’s Global Image Negative amid Crisis in Ukraine

Americans’ and Europeans’ Views Sour Dramatically

Multi-section ReportsJuly 1, 2014

Concerns about Islamic Extremism on the Rise in Middle East

Negative Opinions of al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah Widespread

CommentaryJune 27, 2014

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.

Multi-section ReportsJune 25, 2014

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 […]

Multi-section ReportsJune 18, 2014

Iran’s Global Image Largely Negative

Favorable Ratings Fall Further in the Middle East

CommentaryJune 18, 2014

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.

Multi-section ReportsJune 16, 2014

Syria’s Neighbors Want Assad to Step Down, But No Appetite for Aid to Rebels

Many Fear Extremists Could Take Control of Syria

CommentaryJune 15, 2014

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.

Multi-section ReportsJune 11, 2014

On Eve of World Cup, Brazil Well-Regarded in Much of the World

Young People Especially Positive

Featured ReportJune 3, 2014

Brazilian Discontent Ahead of World Cup

President Rousseff Gets Poor Marks on Key Issues