Survey Reports Oct. 16, 2012

Growing Concerns in China about Inequality, Corruption

Ratings for the U.S. Decline

Commentary Sep. 24, 2012

Russians Have Their Own Ideas of Democracy

The Kremlin’s demand that the U.S. Agency for International Development cease its activities in Russia follows months of accusations by Vladimir Putin that recent anti-government protests in Russia are the result of meddling by the U.S. and other Western governments. However, many Russians may not be convinced that such meddling is a fact.

Commentary Sep. 21, 2012

How China became the US election bogeyman

With about half of Americans saying China’s rise is a major threat to the U.S., fears about China have fed into the U.S. presidential campaign. Overall, Republicans are more concerned than Democrats about China.

Commentary Sep. 19, 2012

Wait, You Still Don’t Like Us?

While the image of the United States has improved throughout many parts of the world during Barack Obama’s presidency, negative views of America remain stubbornly persistent in key Muslim countries. Much of this animosity is due to continuing concerns about U.S. power and widespread opposition to major elements of American foreign policy.

Commentary Sep. 18, 2012

How Americans See China

Most Americans describe relations between the U.S. and China as good, but most consider China a competitor rather than an enemy or partner. When asked which country represents the greatest danger to the U.S., more Americans volunteer China than name any other country, including Iran and North Korea.

Survey Reports Sep. 18, 2012

U.S. Public, Experts Differ on China Policies

Public Deeply Concerned about China's Economic Power

Survey Reports Sep. 10, 2012

Deepening Economic Doubts in India

Strong Support for Improving Relations with Pakistan

Commentary Sep. 7, 2012

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.

Commentary Sep. 6, 2012

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.

Commentary Aug. 27, 2012

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.

Commentary Aug. 9, 2012

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.

Commentary Aug. 3, 2012

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.

Commentary Jul. 26, 2012

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.

Commentary Jul. 12, 2012

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.

Commentary Jul. 12, 2012

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.

Survey Reports Jul. 12, 2012

Pervasive Gloom About the World Economy

Faith in Hard Work, Capitalism Falter; But Emerging Markets Upbeat

Commentary Jul. 11, 2012

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.

Survey Reports Jul. 10, 2012

Most Muslims Want Democracy, Personal Freedoms, and Islam in Political Life

Few Believe U.S. Backs Democracy

Commentary Jun. 28, 2012

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.

Survey Reports Jun. 27, 2012

Pakistani Public Opinion Ever More Critical of U.S.

74% Call America an Enemy

Survey Reports Jun. 21, 2012

Widespread Condemnation for Assad in Neighboring Countries

But Lebanese Shia Backing Syrian Regime

Survey Reports Jun. 20, 2012

Mexicans Back Military Campaign Against Cartels

Opinion of U.S. Improving
Despite Doubts About Success, Human Rights Costs

Survey Reports Jun. 13, 2012

Global Opinion of Obama Slips, International Policies Faulted

Drone Strikes Widely Opposed

Survey Reports Jun. 5, 2012

Japanese Wary of Nuclear Energy

Disaster “Weakened” Nation

Survey Reports May. 29, 2012

European Unity on the Rocks

Greeks and Germans at Polar Opposites

Commentary May. 23, 2012

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.

Survey Reports May. 23, 2012

Russians Back Protests, Political Freedoms

And Putin, Too

Survey Reports May. 18, 2012

A Global “No” To a Nuclear-Armed Iran

Divisions on Sanctions and Use of Force

Survey Reports May. 8, 2012

Egyptians Remain Optimistic, Embrace Democracy and Religion in Political Life

Muslim Brotherhood and Military Receive Positive Ratings

Survey Reports Apr. 30, 2012

On Anniversary of bin Laden’s Death, Little Backing of al Qaeda

Before His Death in 2011, Support for bin Laden Himself Had Waned