Survey ReportsApril 27, 2016

The Divide Over Islam and National Laws in the Muslim World

There are striking differences in the extent to which people think the Quran should influence their nation’s laws, according to surveys across 10 countries with significant Muslim populations.

Survey ReportsFebruary 22, 2016

Smartphone Ownership and Internet Usage Continues to Climb in Emerging Economies

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, both economically and socially, technology adoption remains one of the defining factors in human progress. To that end, there has been a noticeable rise over the past two years in the percentage of people in the emerging and developing nations surveyed by Pew Research Center who say that they use the internet and own a smartphone.

Survey ReportsDecember 3, 2015

Wide Ideological Divides on Most Major Issues as Venezuela’s Elections Near

As elections near, Venezuelans are down on President Nicolás Maduro and Hugo Chávez’s legacy, but wide ideological splits point to a nation divided. Overall, most are dissatisfied with the direction of the country.

Survey ReportsNovember 18, 2015

Global Support for Principle of Free Expression, but Opposition to Some Forms of Speech

Although many observers have documented a global decline in democratic rights in recent years, people around the world nonetheless embrace fundamental democratic values, including free expression. A new Pew Research Center survey finds that majorities in nearly all 38 nations polled say it is at least somewhat important to live in a country with free […]

Survey ReportsNovember 5, 2015

Global Concern about Climate Change, Broad Support for Limiting Emissions

A global median of 54% consider climate change a very serious problem. But there are regional differences on the issues, with the U.S. and China among the least concerned.

Survey ReportsOctober 15, 2015

Deep Divisions in Turkey as Election Nears

Turks are split on whether their democratic system is working, and views of Erdogan are at their lowest since 2012. But they still prefer a democratic form of government over a strong leader to guide their country.

Survey ReportsOctober 6, 2015

Canadians Satisfied with U.S. Relationship

Canadians have positive views of the U.S. and are generally satisfied with their relationship. But they disagree on whether to build the Keystone XL pipeline, with more Canadians opposed to the project compared with Americans.

Survey ReportsSeptember 24, 2015

Corruption, Pollution, Inequality Are Top Concerns in China

Most people in China say they are better off financially than they were five years ago. At the same time, they’re worried about corrupt officials, air and water pollution, crime and economic inequality.

Survey ReportsSeptember 17, 2015

The Modi Bounce

Indians give high marks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and his appeal is a driving force behind their positive mood. Indians approve of the way Modi is handling a variety of issues, such as access to clean toilets, unemployment and terrorism.

Survey ReportsSeptember 16, 2015

Health Care, Education Are Top Priorities in Sub-Saharan Africa

As the United Nations prepares to ratify new global development goals, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that people in major sub-Saharan African nations are feeling more optimistic about the future than many others around the world. Having experienced relatively high rates of economic growth in recent years, African publics are more likely than […]

Survey ReportsSeptember 9, 2015

Americans’ Concerns about China: Economics, Cyberattacks, Human Rights Top the List

Americans see a number of economic threats from China, but they are also worried about cyberattacks, Bejing’s human rights record, China’s impact on the environment and its growing military strength.

Survey ReportsSeptember 2, 2015

How Asia-Pacific Publics See Each Other and Their National Leaders

Despite historical and territorial frictions, people in Asia-Pacific countries tend to view their neighbors in a positive light. But they express limited confidence in the region’s most prominent national leaders.

Survey ReportsAugust 27, 2015

Declining Ratings for Mexico’s Peña Nieto

Three years after being elected president, Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto is increasingly unpopular, and his ratings on specific issues, such as education, corruption and fighting drugs and crime, have dropped sharply.

Survey ReportsAugust 5, 2015

Russia, Putin Held in Low Regard around the World

Outside its own borders, neither Russia nor its president, Vladimir Putin, receives much respect or support, with a median of only 30% across 39 nations surveyed seeing Russia favorably.

Survey ReportsJuly 23, 2015

Global Publics: Economic Conditions Are Bad

Seven years after the beginning of the global financial crisis, a Pew Research Center survey of 40 nations finds that publics in fewer than half the countries have a positive view of their economy.

Survey ReportsJuly 21, 2015

Latin Americans Approve of U.S. Re-establishing Diplomatic Ties with Cuba

While Latin Americans approve of the U.S. re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba, they hold mixed views on Cuba overall and have little confidence in Raul Castro.

Survey ReportsJuly 16, 2015

Extremism Concerns Growing in West and Predominantly Muslim Countries

As the Islamic militant group ISIS continues to entrench itself in Syria and Iraq, concerns about Islamic extremism are growing in the West and in countries with significant Muslim populations.

Survey ReportsJuly 14, 2015

Climate Change Seen as Top Global Threat

People in many countries around the world, particularly in Latin America and Africa, list climate change as a top worry. Americans, Europeans and Middle Easterners, however, most frequently cite ISIS as their top threat.

ReportJuly 8, 2015

A Global Middle Class Is More Promise than Reality

The first decade of this century witnessed an historic reduction in global poverty and a near doubling of the number of people who could be considered middle income. But the emergence of a truly global middle class is still far from fruition.

Survey ReportsJune 23, 2015

Global Publics Back U.S. on Fighting ISIS, but Are Critical of Post-9/11 Torture

Ratings for the U.S. remain mostly positive, with a global median of 69% expressing a favorable view. Countries also express broad support for America’s military efforts against ISIS, but are critical of the U.S. government’s use of torture after 9/11.

Survey ReportsJune 18, 2015

Iran’s Global Image Mostly Negative

Majorities or pluralities in 31 of 40 countries surveyed hold an unfavorable opinion of the Islamic Republic. And in several Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and Asia, ratings have declined considerably in recent years.

Survey ReportsJune 10, 2015

NATO Publics Blame Russia for Ukrainian Crisis, but Reluctant to Provide Military Aid

Publics of key NATO member nations blame Russia for the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, but few support sending arms to Ukraine. And half of Russians see NATO as a military threat, while Ukrainians favor joining NATO.

Survey ReportsJune 2, 2015

Faith in European Project Reviving

In the wake of the euro currency crisis, public support for the EU and the belief that European economic integration was good for one’s country had declined precipitously across Europe, reaching a low point in 2013. But in 2015, favorable views of the EU and faith in the efficacy of creating a single market are generally rebounding in major EU member states.

DatasetsMay 27, 2015

Spring 2015 Survey Data

40-Nation survey conducted March 25 – May 27, 2015