May. 29, 2012

European Unity on the Rocks

In Europe, there is a crisis of confidence in the economy, in the future, in the benefits of European economic integration, in EU membership, in the euro and in the free market system. The crisis has also exposed sharp differences between some Europeans, especially the Germans and Greeks.

May. 29, 2012

Chapter 1. National Conditions and Economic Ratings

The persistence and depth of the European economic downturn triggered by the euro crisis has had a profoundly adverse impact on most Europeans’ attitudes toward the condition of their national economies. People are almost universally dissatisfied with the state of their nations. Only the Germans are satisfied with the direction of their country and the […]

May. 29, 2012

Chapter 3. Taming the Crisis

Austerity, bailouts and increased outside scrutiny of national budgets have been, so far, the principal policy responses to the euro crisis. These efforts receive mixed grades from European publics. They are divided over the fiscal belt-tightening to date and most question the need for further spending cuts. Richer northern European nations are skeptical about aiding […]

Sep. 22, 2010

Chapter 1. Views of National Conditions and the Economy

Brazilians offer mixed views about the way things are going in their country.  Most say the nation’s economy is in good shape, but concerns about illegal drugs, crime, corruption and social inequality are widespread.  Still, compared with other publics around the world, Brazilians are among the most satisfied with national conditions.  Of the other 21 […]

Jun. 17, 2010

Chapter 3. Economic Issues

In nearly all nations surveyed, people are unhappy with the direction of their country, disgruntled about the state of their nation’s economy and divided about the economic future. Most fault their government for the bad economic times and think it is doing a poor job coping with current troubles. There is, however, widespread support in […]