What Water’s Edge?
It is not clear that such high-minded bipartisanship has ever driven Americans’ views on foreign policy. What is notable today, however, is the degree of such partisanship and the accelerating pace of this polarization on key international policy issues.
Syria’s Neighbors Worry about Extremism, Too
The prospect of a U.S. military strike on Syria has focused new attention on the role and influence of Islamic extremist groups – including Jabhat al-Nusra, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and jihadists from Chechnya, Pakistan and other countries – opposing the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Shift in Public Support for UN-backed Military Action
While UN approval might provide legal justification for a military strike against Syria, it is not at all clear that it would afford the American government and its European allies with political cover at home.
Tunisians Disaffected with Leaders as Conditions Worsen
Doubts about Democracy; Most Support Political Role for Islam
Muslim Publics Share Concerns about Extremist Groups
Much Diminished Support for Suicide Bombing
Action against Syria Lacks Popular Backing
In the debate over whether the U.S. and one or more of its NATO allies should launch a military strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad over its alleged use of chemical weapons, much has been made of the need for multilateral sanction for such an effort, either by the U.N. Security Council or NATO.
Wane, Wax, Whatever
In his bilateral discussions with other world leaders at the G-20 Summit, President Barack Obama will be pressing for their support for his proposed military action against Syria’s chemical weapons capability. But his challenge may be less with heads of state than it is with their populations, including his own.
Global Opinion of Russia Mixed
Negative Views Widespread in Mideast and Europe
Global Views of Russia
Does public care about UN blessing over Syria?
In the debate over whether the United States and one or more of its NATO allies should launch a military strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over its alleged use of chemical weapons, much has been made of the need for multilateral sanction for such an effort, either by the U.N. Security Council or NATO.
Reached middle-class status? Start complaining about it
In China, one of the greatest economic transformations in history is taking place, as millions move from poverty into the middle class.
China finding superpower path no cakewalk
China’s power is growing, but as it assumes a more prominent role on the world stage, its global reputation is beset by a host of challenges.
Asia’s view of China – mostly wary, but Japan most of all
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s call for high-level talks with China comes at a time when Japanese attitudes toward China have soured precipitously as tensions have grown due to disputes over trade, geopolitics and history.
America’s International Image Slipping
In the fifth year of the Obama presidency, the United States’ image remains strong around the world compared with the last years of the administration of President George W. Bush. Still, pro-America sentiment is slipping.
As Mali Votes, Mixed Reception to French Intervention from Publics in Africa and Middle East
Most French Approve
Is Abe ready for Japanese expectations?
Japanese voters head to the polls elect members of the upper house of Japan’s national legislature, and the ballot is shaping up as a referendum on the seven-month tenure of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government.
Global Image of the United States and China
United States Overall, global attitudes toward America are positive. In 28 of 38 nations, half or more of those surveyed express a favorable opinion of the U.S. And across these nations, a median of 63% have a positive view of America. The U.S. receives high ratings in most of Europe, Latin America, the Asia/Pacific region, […]
World’s Leading Economic Power
Although many around the world believe the economic balance of power is shifting, the U.S. is still seen as the world’s leading economic power by pluralities or majorities in 22 of the 39 countries polled. China is seen as dominant in eight countries, with the remaining nine divided in their opinions. Overall, a median of […]
America’s Global Image Remains More Positive than China’s
But Many See China Becoming World’s Leading Power
United States and China: The Image of the Globe’s Two Superpowers
Since the 2008 financial crisis, perceptions about the economic balance of power in the world have been shifting, with China increasingly seen as the world’s leading economic power. However, China’s increasing power has not led to more positive ratings for the People’s Republic. Overall, the U.S. enjoys a stronger global image than China. People are […]
Japanese Public’s Mood Rebounding, Abe Highly Popular
China and South Korea Very Negative Toward Japan
American International Engagement on the Rocks
Getting the American public’s attention, let alone commitment to deal with international issues is as challenging as it has ever been in the modern era. The depth and duration of the public’s disengagement these days goes well beyond the periodic spikes in isolationist sentiment that have been observed over the past 50 years.
Obama Ahead of U.S. Public on Climate Change
The Obama administration is stepping up its game in dealing with climate change. Such moves echo widespread public concern about global warming outside the United States.
Climate Change and Financial Instability Seen as Top Global Threats
Survey Report Publics around the world are concerned about the effect of global climate change and international financial instability, with majorities in many of the nations surveyed saying these are major threats to their countries. But Islamic extremism is also a serious concern, particularly in the United States, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. In contrast, relatively […]
Global Views of Iran Overwhelmingly Negative
Opposition Still Widespread to Tehran Obtaining Nuclear Arms
Australians Happy – But Not with Their Government
With the September general election approaching, polls show the government of Prime Minister Julia Gillard trailing the opposition by a growing margin, despite the fact that Australians are among the most satisfied publics in the world.
The Global Divide on Homosexuality
Greater Acceptance in More Secular and Affluent Countries
Global Acceptance of Homosexuality
There is broad acceptance of homosexuality in North America, the European Union, and much of Latin America. However, rejection of homosexuality is equally widespread in predominantly Muslim nations and in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as in parts of Asia and in Russia. Views of homosexuality are particularly positive in Spain (88% say it should be […]
World Worried about Inequality
Income inequality has been growing at an increasingly rapid pace. And publics around the world – and especially in Europe – are taking note.
Abenomics’ Challenge: The Japanese Attitude
Government must bridge gap between personal, national expectations