A Decade After the Financial Crisis, Economic Confidence Rebounds in Many Countries
The improvement in the public’s economic mood has been dramatic in some nations, but pessimism about the future lingers, as does a sense that economic conditions were better pre-crisis.
In Advanced and Emerging Economies Alike, Worries About Job Automation
Average citizens around the world see a technological revolution coming in the workplace, and they are concerned. Many fear robots and computers will eliminate jobs and increase inequality.
As Trade Tensions Rise, Fewer Americans See China Favorably
Overall, 38% of Americans have a favorable opinion of China, down slightly from 44% in 2017. Concerns about China include economic threats, cyberattacks, environmental damage and human rights.
Russians Say Their Government Did Not Try to Influence U.S. Presidential Election
Roughly seven-in-ten Russians say their government did not try to meddle in the U.S. presidential election in 2016. However, 85% say the U.S. tries to shape the internal affairs of other countries.
‘Nativism’ and the upcoming Swedish and Bavarian elections
Special to EUObserver Swedes head to the polls in September in a national parliamentary election. Bavarians vote in October in a state election. The Swedish outcome will determine the composition of the next government in Stockholm, and the influence of the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats, currently the second-largest party. The Bavarian voting may challenge the control […]
Is Italy a Foretaste of What’s to Come For European Populism?
Special to RealClearWorld Support for many populist parties is on the rise in Europe. Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD) is now the third largest political party in Germany, with seats in the German Bundestag for the first time. Italy’s anti-immigrant League is the country’s third-largest party and became co-leader of the government after this spring’s national election. And in […]
What do Americans really think about the U.S.-EU trade tiff?
Special to the Washington Post Former British prime minister Harold Macmillan once trenchantly observed that: “Jaw, jaw is better than war, war.” The announcement on July 25 by President Trump and European Union President Jean-Claude Juncker that the United States and the European Union would work together to reduce tariffs and other trade barriers was a tacit acknowledgment of […]
First They Came for the Immigrants. Then They Came for the Robots.
Special to Foreign Policy The phrase “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet” has been used as the title of several pop songs and a French film. It could also aptly describe the future of politics across the globe as the twin specters of nationalism and populism intensify and people grapple with the social and economic impacts of […]
In Western Europe, Populist Parties Tap Anti-Establishment Frustration but Have Little Appeal Across Ideological Divide
Regardless of populist sentiments, people in Western Europe tend to favor parties that reflect their own ideological orientation. With regard to policy, too, ideology continues to matter.
Social Media Use Continues to Rise in Developing Countries but Plateaus Across Developed Ones
As people in advanced economies reach the upper bounds of internet penetration, the digital divide continues to narrow between wealthy and developing countries.
Why Europeans Turned Against Trump
Special to The Atlantic With the Trump administration’s recent withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the already rocky relationship between the United States and its European allies has become even more tenuous. For many Europeans, Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Iran accord crystallizes what they dislike about his approach to […]
A Fundamental Challenge to U.S. Leadership Abroad
Special to RealClear World In the weeks ahead, and in the wake of Washington visits by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, there is much at stake for the United States and its key allies in Europe. The U.S. decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal raises questions about future […]
Do America and Europe have as strong a relationship as we think?
Special to The Hill In the wake of the state visit to Washington of French President Emmanuel Macron and the upcoming meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump, an already rocky relationship between the United States and Europe faces serious challenges in the months ahead. May 12 is the deadline for a Trump administration […]
Fewer People in Latin America See the U.S. Favorably Under Trump
The eighth Summit of the Americas begins this Friday in Lima, Peru. President Donald Trump was originally scheduled to attend the summit, but he has now decided to stay in Washington to address the ongoing crisis in Syria. Vice President Mike Pence will represent the United States in Trump’s place. Pence’s visit comes amid a […]
Americans Say U.S.-German Relations Are in Good Shape, but Germans Disagree
Americans and Germans also have different views on which element of their countries’ relationship is most important – economy, defense or shared democratic values.
Europeans Want Direct Democracy
Across the 10 EU countries the Pew Research Center polled in 2017, a median of 50 percent say they are dissatisfied with the way democracy is working in their country.
Many Americans Going to the Polls Are Not Happy With Our Democracy
Just 46 percent of Americans say they are satisfied with the way democracy is working today in the United States, according to a 2017 Pew Research Center survey.
Publics Globally Want Unbiased News Coverage, but Are Divided on Whether Their News Media Deliver
A global median of 75% want their news media to be unbiased when covering political issues, yet many say the news media do a poor job of reporting on political issues fairly.
Strongman Modi Chimes With Voters but Seen as Soft on Pakistan
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP party recently scored victories in two state-level elections. A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center this past spring illustrates many of the reasons Modi was able to claim victory in both votes.
Taking the Measure of America’s Powers of Attraction
America’s much-vaunted soft power, which has long been touted as an antidote to its oft-criticized “hard power” image, is actually enhanced more by pop-culture exports than by its reputation for protecting civil liberties or its ideas about democracy.
Key Middle East Publics See Russia, Turkey and U.S. All Playing Larger Roles in Region
A median of 53% in five Middle Eastern and North African countries also see Iran playing a more important role, but fewer say Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have gained influence.
Worldwide, People Divided on Whether Life Today Is Better Than in the Past
People in Vietnam, India and South Korea are generally positive about life today in their countries compared with 50 years ago. But in many places, like Latin America, peoples’ outlooks are more negative.
Three Years In, Modi Remains Very Popular
Most Indians hold a favorable opinion of Narendra Modi, and many are content with the state of the economy and the country’s direction. The public is also satisfied with the way their democracy is working.
Japanese Divided on Democracy’s Success at Home, but Value Voice of the People
Though Japanese are split on their democracy’s performance, most endorse representative democracy and back referenda on major policy issues.
Globally, Broad Support for Representative and Direct Democracy
Across the world, a median of 78% say representative democracy is a good way to govern their country. Yet, pro-democracy views coexist with openness to nondemocratic forms of governance.
Public Attitudes Toward Human Rights Organizations: The Case of India, Indonesia, Kenya and Mexico
Pew Research Center examined attitudes toward human rights organizations in four major emerging and developing nations: India, Indonesia, Kenya and Mexico.
People in the Philippines Still Favor U.S. Over China, but Gap Is Narrowing
Filipinos have positive views of the U.S. and China and their respective leaders, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping. They also approve of their own leader, President Rodrigo Duterte, and his war on drugs.
Mexican Views of the U.S. Turn Sharply Negative
Nearly two-thirds of Mexicans express a negative opinion of the U.S., more than double the share in 2015. Mexicans are dissatisfied with their country’s direction and economy, and many are concerned about crime and corruption.
Publics Worldwide Unfavorable Toward Putin, Russia
Around the world, few people trust Putin to do the right thing when it comes to international affairs. While Russia is not seen as particularly threatening in most countries, it is viewed unfavorably in many.
Globally, People Point to ISIS and Climate Change as Leading Security Threats
People around the world identify ISIS and climate change as leading international threats. Many also name cyberattacks from other countries and the condition of the global economy as major challenges.