Fact Sheets: News Media and Political Attitudes in Western Europe
Findings about news media views and habits in Western Europe from a survey about media, political attitudes and populist views in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
Western Europeans who hold populist views rate the news media less positively than those with non-populist views
Ratings on how well the media perform on several core functions, like investigating the actions of the government and getting the facts right, differ between those who hold populist views and those who do not.
Ideological placement of news outlets in Western Europe
Explore where users of news outlets in eight Western European countries place these outlets on a left-right spectrum, based on their perception of their ideological leanings.
In Western Europe, Public Attitudes Toward News Media More Divided by Populist Views Than Left-Right Ideology
Across eight Western European countries, people with populist leanings have more negative attitudes about the news media than do those with non-populist views.
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.
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.
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.
Transatlantic Dialogues: In Europe and North America, Publics More Supportive Than Experts of Direct Democracy
Surveys of foreign policy experts and the general public reveal a division between these two groups over the role of the people’s voice in governing, as well as on the consequences of Trump’s presidency.
Explore global opinions on political systems by country
Many people around the world say representative democracy is a good way to run their country. Use the interactive to explore findings on global views of political systems.
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.
Greatest Threats Around the World
People around the world identify ISIS and climate change as the leading international threats. Many also name cyberattacks from other countries and the condition of the global economy as major challenges.
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.
Globally, More Name U.S. Than China as World’s Leading Economic Power
Across 38 nations, a median of 42% say the U.S. is the world’s leading economy, while 32% name China. But the economic balance of power has shifted in the eyes of some key U.S. allies and trading partners.
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.
Russians Remain Confident in Putin’s Global Leadership
A majority of Russians say their country has improved its international standing, and many are confident in Putin’s handling of global issues. Economic views are mixed and corruption remains a concern.
British Divided on Brexit Impact as New Elections Loom
Ahead of the June 8th general election, the British public is split on Brexit’s consequences and unsure of how much to trust their national government.
NATO’s Image Improves on Both Sides of Atlantic
Views of the security alliance have grown more positive in North America and Europe, but there are sharp political and partisan differences.
Japanese Back Global Engagement Despite Concern About Domestic Economy
Despite souring public sentiment about their domestic economy and some concern about Japan’s declining role on the world stage, the Japanese are outward looking.
Even in Era of Disillusionment, Many Around the World Say Ordinary Citizens Can Influence Government
A nine-country survey on the strengths and limitations of civic engagement illustrates, there is a common perception that government is run for the benefit of the few, rather than the many.
India and Modi: The Honeymoon Continues
The Indian public sees Prime Minister Narendra Modi favorably and India’s role in the world expanding, but there is a growing partisan divide on Modi’s record.
As Elections Near, Most Australians Trust Turnbull’s Handling of World Affairs
As elections near, Australians show robust support for their prime minister’s dealings in international affairs. But many are frustrated with his handling of the refugee issue, climate change and the economy.
Europeans Face the World Divided
Many favor looking inward to focus on domestic issues, while others question whether commitments to allies should take precedence over national interests.
Euroskepticism Beyond Brexit
There is significant opposition in key European countries to an ever closer EU.
Wide Ideological Divides on Most Major Issues as Venezuela’s Elections Near
As elections near, Venezuelans are down on President Nicolás Maduro and Hugo Chávez’s legacy, but wide ideological splits point to a nation divided. Overall, most are dissatisfied with the direction of the country.
Deep Divisions in Turkey as Election Nears
Turks are split on whether their democratic system is working, and views of Erdogan are at their lowest since 2012. But they still prefer a democratic form of government over a strong leader to guide their country.