Deepening Economic Doubts in India
Strong Support for Improving Relations with Pakistan
Have Americans Turned Inward?
At a time when the U.S. is still at war in Afghanistan, when in the eyes of foreigners U.S. stature as the hegemonic power is in question, and when a euro crisis could derail the American economy’s tenuous recovery, voters are turning inward. Nevertheless, when American national security is seen as threatened by Iran or terrorism, voters remain aggressively internationalist.
U.S. Voters Mull the Economy
Public opinion surveys show that economic issues are a foremost concern for American voters. Recent history suggests that voters’ choice on November 6 will have implications not just for the economic health of the U.S. but also the global economy.
Does World Want Romney or Obama?
At the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, Americans will notionally be choosing their candidates for president of the United States. The world’s citizens get no say in this choice. Nevertheless, people outside the U.S. have definite opinions about Obama and some of the key issues in the campaign.
World to America: We want soft, not hard power
With less than three months to go in the U.S. presidential election, the candidates’ debate over America’s place in the world can only be expected to escalate. Recent public opinion surveys suggest that people outside the United States question American hard power and increasingly embrace U.S. soft power. Whoever is president in 2013, the success abroad of his foreign policy may depend on achieving the right balance in the exercise of American hard and soft power.
Muslims Want Democracy
Since the beginning of the Arab Spring, analysts, policymakers, and pundits have debated whether democracy will actually take root in the Middle East. One thing, however, is clear: People in Arab nations want democracy, and they don’t just support a vague notion of democracy – they want to live in a country that has specific rights and institutions.
The World Is Losing Faith in Hard Work
Add faith in the work ethic and in capitalism to the lengthening list of casualties from the Great Recession. Four years after the Lehman Brothers’ fiasco and the ensuing global economic downturn, the idea that effort in a competitive economy can lead to success is seriously questioned in a number of major economies, including Japan, Russia and Greece, especially among those who have suffered the most.
Emerging Economies – Rich And Confident
The emerging economies account for an increasing share of the globe’s billionaires. But widespread public attitudes can wield far more influence over an economy than the wealth of a few hundred people. While people polled in the US and Europe are pessimistic about their future prospects, citizens of the emerging economies, especially China and Brazil, are optimistic about their own national economies and personal wealth.
The Missing Piece In Arab Democracy
More than a year after the 2011 uprisings, Arab publics are concerned about the economy, but hopeful about democracy.
Pervasive Gloom About the World Economy
Faith in Hard Work, Capitalism Falter; But Emerging Markets Upbeat
Are Germans really opposed to bailouts?
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refusal to dig deep to help indebted eurozone countries is commonly explained by two feelings attributed to German voters – an ingrained fear of inflation and a reluctance to bail out those in trouble. But polling suggests the picture is more complex.
Most Muslims Want Democracy, Personal Freedoms, and Islam in Political Life
Few Believe U.S. Backs Democracy
Morsi’s Election Highlights Egyptian Views of Islam’s Role in New Democracy
The declaration of Mohamed Morsi as Egypt’s first freely elected president marks a major milestone for a country that until February 2011 had spent nearly three decades under the authoritarian rule of Hosni Mubarak. At the same time, for significant numbers of Egyptians, Morsi’s relatively narrow victory over former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq has the potential to raise questions about Islam’s role in society.
Pakistani Public Opinion Ever More Critical of U.S.
74% Call America an Enemy
Widespread Condemnation for Assad in Neighboring Countries
But Lebanese Shia Backing Syrian Regime
Mexicans Back Military Campaign Against Cartels
Opinion of U.S. Improving
Despite Doubts About Success, Human Rights Costs
Global Opinion of Obama Slips, International Policies Faulted
Drone Strikes Widely Opposed
Japanese Wary of Nuclear Energy
Disaster “Weakened” Nation
European Unity on the Rocks
Greeks and Germans at Polar Opposites
Egypt on the Eve of Elections: Economy, Democracy Are Both Priorities
On the eve of the first presidential election of the post-Mubarak era, Egyptians remain hopeful about the future of their country, and they strongly desire both an improved economy and the democratic freedoms they were denied under the previous regime.
Russians Back Protests, Political Freedoms
And Putin, Too
A Global “No” To a Nuclear-Armed Iran
Divisions on Sanctions and Use of Force
Egyptians Remain Optimistic, Embrace Democracy and Religion in Political Life
Muslim Brotherhood and Military Receive Positive Ratings
On Anniversary of bin Laden’s Death, Little Backing of al Qaeda
Before His Death in 2011, Support for bin Laden Himself Had Waned
Does Humanitarian Aid Improve America’s Image?
U.S. humanitarian aid helped improve America’s image in Japan following the devastating March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. However, recent examples from Indonesia and Pakistan show that the impact of disaster relief on ratings for the U.S. has its limits.
Global Digital Communication: Texting, Social Networking Popular Worldwide
Usage Differs by Age and Education
Confidence in Democracy and Capitalism Wanes in Former Soviet Union
Twenty Years Later
The American-Western European Values Gap
American Exceptionalism Subsides
From Hyperpower to Declining Power
Since the Sept. 11 attacks, views about American power have changed, as economic issues have trumped security concerns. Today, many see the U.S. as a great power in decline.
Crime and Drug Cartels Top Concerns in Mexico
Fewer Than Half See Progress in Drug War