Survey ReportsNovember 12, 2018

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.

Survey ReportsOctober 1, 2018

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.

Survey ReportsSeptember 26, 2018

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.

Survey ReportsSeptember 18, 2018

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.

Survey ReportsSeptember 13, 2018

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.

CommentaryAugust 17, 2018

‘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 […]

CommentaryAugust 17, 2018

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 […]

CommentaryJuly 30, 2018

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 […]

MultimediaJuly 16, 2018

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 […]

CommentaryJuly 12, 2018

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 […]

MultimediaJune 4, 2018

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 […]

CommentaryMay 23, 2018

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 […]

CommentaryApril 27, 2018

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 […]

MultimediaMarch 9, 2018

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.

CommentaryJanuary 31, 2018

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.

CommentaryJanuary 29, 2018

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.

CommentaryDecember 23, 2017

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.

CommentaryDecember 20, 2017

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.

CommentaryDecember 12, 2017

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

Survey ReportsNovember 15, 2017

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.

Survey ReportsOctober 17, 2017

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.

Survey ReportsOctober 16, 2017

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.

CommentaryAugust 8, 2017

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.

CommentaryJuly 20, 2017

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.

MultimediaJuly 14, 2017

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.

Survey ReportsJune 26, 2017

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.

CommentaryJune 26, 2017

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.

Survey ReportsJune 15, 2017

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.

CommentaryJune 7, 2017

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.

MultimediaJune 6, 2017

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.