Beware the Malaise
To paraphrase Leo Tolstoy, all unhappy people are unhappy in their own way. And their unhappiness does not necessarily mean they have the will or the wherewithal to pursue regime change. But there’s a worrying trend that threatens to roil nations on the brink of instability.
Asian youth feel happy and helpless
The future belongs to the young. This is especially evident in parts of Asia. How young Asians see the world, their own futures and those of their countries often differs from the attitudes of their elders. Their differing views may go a long way toward determining their fate, that of their nations and of Asia.
Europe’s Kids Are Moody and Depressed
The future belongs to the young. So how the next generation feels and thinks matters to people of all ages. As much as baby boomers may lament it, it is millennials — those coming of age in this new century — who will shape the world’s economic and geopolitical destiny for years to come.
Young Brits Are Pro-EU, But Will They Vote?
Four decades after the 1975 referendum in which the British electorate voted by a two-to-one majority to join the EU’s predecessor, the European Economic Community, Britain’s relationship with the Continent remains a divisive issue in UK politics.
Discontent with Politics Common in Many Emerging and Developing Nations
Widespread Belief That Wealthy Have Too Much Influence
Torture Report’s Impact on U.S. Image in Europe May Be Muted
With Europe reeling from the recent killings in France by Islamic extremists, it remains to be seen whether European objections to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s recently disclosed harsh interrogation practices will impede closer U.S.-European intelligence collaboration.
Obama Faces Mixed Message From American Public
As the immediate Republican reaction to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address demonstrates, expectations of bipartisan cooperation exist against a backdrop of continuing partisan gridlock in the United States, raising questions about the future course of U.S. foreign policy.
Talking to a House Divided
Americans support strategic and economic engagement with the rest of the world, but within limits, and they remain divided on many of these issues along partisan lines, whatever their party leaders in Washington say.
Many in Emerging and Developing Nations Disconnected from Politics
Participation Highest in Middle East
Pope Francis’ Image Positive in Much of World
Less Well-Known Outside of Latin America and Europe
71% of Indians expect first year of Modi government to boost economy
If the Indian public’s sense of its own well-being and that of the nation does not improve in both absolute and relative terms, the Modi government may eventually be called to account.
Indians Don’t Hate Foreigners and Their Money Anymore
President Barack Obama will travel to India in January to participate in the Indian Republic Day celebration in New Delhi as the chief guest. While there he is expected to talk trade and anti-terrorism with his host Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
If and when the new Congress considers implementing legislation for the TPP, that legislative fight might expose the dirty little secret of current American trade politics: both Democrats and Republicans in Congress seem to be out of touch with their own political bases on trade issues.
Indians Are Now More Supportive of Trade and Foreign Investment
The Indian public’s views on trade and foreign investment are more positive than past Indian governments have claimed and more positive than foreigners often assume.
Religion in Latin America
Nearly 40% of the world’s Catholics live in Latin America, but many people in the region have converted from Catholicism to Protestantism, while some have left organized religion altogether.
Xi’s in the Money
For Xi Jinping and China’s leaders, the Nov. 5-11 APEC summit should provide a welcome opportunity to showcase China’s economic progress.
Crime and Corruption Top Problems in Emerging and Developing Countries
Most National Institutions Respected, Especially Military
Lame Duck? Shots Fired.
Americans head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4, with major international issues — the U.S. effort to counter Islamic State (IS) extremism, how to deal with Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian situation, Russia, and President Barack Obama’s general handling of foreign policy — likely to play a role in their vote.
People in Emerging Markets Catch Up to Advanced Economies in Life Satisfaction
Asians Most Optimistic about Future, Middle Easterners the Least
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.