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.
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.
Middle Easterners See Religious and Ethnic Hatred as Top Global Threat
Europeans and Americans Focus on Inequality as Greatest Danger
Tunisian Confidence in Democracy Wanes
Ratings for Islamist Ennahda Party Have Declined Since Revolution
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
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.
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.
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.
Global Public Downbeat about Economy
Many Wary of the Future
A Less Gloomy Mood in Pakistan
Sharif Gets High Marks, while Khan’s Ratings Drop
Mexican President Peña Nieto’s Ratings Slip with Economic Reform
Fewer Mexicans Report Having Friends or Family in the U.S.
Turks Divided on Erdogan and the Country’s Direction
About Half Support Gezi Park Protests
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.
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.
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.
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