Jul. 21, 2011

Chapter 1. The Rift Between Muslims and the West

Westerners and Muslims generally agree that relations between them are poor. On balance, the Western publics polled tend to say relations are bad, and the same is true among the Muslim publics in the survey, with the exception of Indonesia, where views are divided. However, Westerners are less likely to believe relations are poor today […]

Jul. 21, 2011

Muslim-Western Tensions Persist

Muslim and Western publics continue to largely agree that relations between them are poor, and disagree about who is at fault – Muslims largely blame Westerners, while those in the West generally blame Muslims. However, in both Western and predominantly Muslim nations, there is a shared concern about the threat posed by Islamic extremism.

Dec. 18, 2008

Global Public Opinion in the Bush Years (2001-2008)

Once he takes office, President-elect Barack Obama will have to navigate a world that has grown highly critical of the United States. Since 2001, the Pew Global Attitudes Project has documented a decline in America’s international image amid widespread opposition to U.S. foreign policy.

Nov. 1, 2007

Karen Hughes’ Uphill Battle

Foreign Policy, Not Public Diplomacy, Mostly Determines How the World Views America

Oct. 30, 2007

Widespread Negativity: Muslims Distrust Westerners More than Vice Versa

Westerners and Muslims Associate a Variety of Negative Traits With One Another

Oct. 25, 2007

Turkey and Its (Many) Discontents

The Turkish Public’s Opinions of America Have Hit Rock Bottom

Nov. 27, 2006

Turkey: Troubled Terrain for Pope Benedict

The Pontiff Visits a Country Where Negative Views of Christians and the West Are on the Rise

Aug. 17, 2006

The French-Muslim Connection

Is France Doing a Better Job of Integration than Its Critics?

Jul. 18, 2006

Islam and the West: Searching for Common Ground

Remarks of Andrew Kohut to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing

Jun. 22, 2006

Voices from Countries

Voices from Egypt Reporting by the International Herald Tribune* “There is a combination of reasons for lack of prosperity in certain areas. You cannot exclude the external factor. The Arab-Israeli conflict played a role in hindering economic development, but you cannot blame only the outside factor. There are other domestic factors, like deterioration of education, […]

Jun. 22, 2006

The Great Divide: How Westerners and Muslims View Each Other

After a year marked by riots over cartoon portrayals of Muhammad, a major terrorist attack in London, and continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, most Muslims and Westerners see relations between them as generally bad.

Jun. 22, 2006

II. The Rift Between Muslims and the West: Causes and Consequences

Muslims and Westerners agree that relations between them are generally bad, but disagree about who is to blame. Strong majorities in the Muslim world blame the West, while Western publics are more divided. Roughly eight-in-ten Turks (79%) who say relations between Muslims and people in the West are bad say that Westerners are mostly to […]

Jul. 14, 2005

Islamic Extremism: Common Concern for Muslim and Western Publics

Concerns over Islamic extremism, extensive in the West even before this month’s terrorist attacks in London, are shared to a considerable degree by the publics in several predominantly Muslim nations surveyed.

Jun. 23, 2005

U.S. Image Up Slightly, But Still Negative

Anti-Americanism in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, which surged as a result of the U.S. war in Iraq, shows modest signs of abating. But the United States remains broadly disliked in most countries surveyed, and the opinion of the American people is not as positive as it once was.

Jun. 23, 2005

Chapter 1. Image of the United States

Even though the image of the United States has improved slightly in some parts of the world over the past year, this country’s global approval ratings trail well behind those of other leading nations. When the publics of the 16 nations covered by the survey were asked to give favorability ratings of five major leading […]

Jun. 23, 2005

Chapter 3. Opinions of U.S. Policies

A continuing source of resentment toward the U.S. is the view that America pays little if any attention to the interests of other countries in making international policy decisions. Americans, as might be expected, do not subscribe to this view. Two-thirds of the U.S. public says the United States pays either a great deal (28%) […]

Dec. 19, 2001

How the World Has Changed

Despite their deep differences over the causes and consequences of the terror attacks, opinion leaders in every region agree that Sept. 11 marked the beginning of a new chapter in world history. About eight-in-ten (78%) U.S. respondents, and virtually the same number elsewhere, believe that the terrorist attacks and subsequent conflict opened a new era. […]