Despite Rising Economic Confidence, Japanese See Best Days Behind Them and Say Children Face a Bleak Future
Japanese feel better about their economy than at any time in nearly two decades. But they also believe average people are worse off than before the Great Recession and worry about their children’s futures.
Trump’s International Ratings Remain Low, Especially Among Key Allies
Donald Trump’s international image remains poor, and ratings for the U.S. have declined since his election. Yet most people around the world still want the U.S., not China, as the world’s leading power.
Americans, Like Many in Other Advanced Economies, Not Convinced of Trade’s Benefits
People in advanced and emerging economies generally agree that growing trade and business ties with other nations are good for their country, but fewer are convinced such ties lead to more jobs, higher wages or lower prices at home.
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.
‘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 […]
The Roots of Modern Nationalism and the Populist Backlash
Director of Global Economic Attitudes Bruce Stokes presented findings from various Pew Research Center public opinion surveys on the roots of modern nationalism and the rise of populism in Europe and the United States at the Aspen Ministers Forum on June 25-27 in Versailles, France. The forum is an annual gathering of former foreign ministers chaired by […]
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 […]
OECD Forum 2018 Thought Leader Survey
At the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s annual Economic Forum on May 29, 2018, Director of Global Economic Attitudes Bruce Stokes presented findings from a Pew Research Center survey of OECD Economic Forum attendees. The invitation-only online survey, which focused on views of economic conditions, faith in the multilateral system and the future of work, was […]
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 […]
Thought Leader Survey: Issues Impacting the Transatlantic Relationship 2018
On March 8, 2018 at the German Marshall Fund’s annual Brussels Forum, Bruce Stokes, the director of global economic attitudes, presented Pew Research Center findings on issues impacting the transatlantic relationship.
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.
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.
U.S. Adults Worry About Global Regard for Their Nation
A polarized electorate and alarming policy reversals reduce confidence at home and abroad in U.S. global leadership
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.
Global Confidence in the United States Is Shaken
Though just six months old, Donald Trump’s presidency has already had a major impact on how the world views the United States.
New Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Leadership
Almost seven months into Donald Trump’s presidency, the president is losing “bigly” on the world stage. According to polling by the Pew Research Centre, belief in the US’ ability to lead in world affairs is at an all time low.
Post-Brexit, Europeans More Positive About the EU, But Want Own Referendum on Membership
Bruce Stokes, director of global economic attitudes, presented Pew Research Center findings on European attitudes toward the European Union (EU) in Brussels, Paris, Warsaw, Berlin and London.
U.S. Image Suffers as Publics Around World Question Trump’s Leadership
President Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe, and ratings for the U.S. have declined steeply in many nations.
The EU Is Alive and Well, But the Referendums Are Coming
The resounding June 18 victory of the pro-European Union En Marche party in the French National Assembly elections suggests, to paraphrase Mark Twain, that reports of the imminent death of the EU were premature.
Post-Brexit, Europeans More Favorable Toward EU
While few citizens in Europe want their country to leave the EU, many would support a vote on their country’s EU membership. Frustrations remain over Brussels’ handling of economic and refugee issues.
Do British Voters Regret Brexit Enough to Dump Theresa May?
A new Pew Research Center survey finds that 48 percent in Britain think exiting the EU will be bad for their country, compared with 44 percent who say Brexit will benefit their nation.
Views of the Economy Among the Public and OECD Thought Leaders
Key findings on the current and future state of the global economy from a Pew Research Center survey of OECD Forum attendees.