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.
Canadians Satisfied with U.S. Relationship
Canadians have positive views of the U.S. and are generally satisfied with their relationship. But they disagree on whether to build the Keystone XL pipeline, with more Canadians opposed to the project compared with Americans.
The Modi Bounce
Indians give high marks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and his appeal is a driving force behind their positive mood. Indians approve of the way Modi is handling a variety of issues, such as access to clean toilets, unemployment and terrorism.
Health Care, Education Are Top Priorities in Sub-Saharan Africa
As the United Nations prepares to ratify new global development goals, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that people in major sub-Saharan African nations are feeling more optimistic about the future than many others around the world. Having experienced relatively high rates of economic growth in recent years, African publics are more likely than […]
How Asia-Pacific Publics See Each Other and Their National Leaders
Despite historical and territorial frictions, people in Asia-Pacific countries tend to view their neighbors in a positive light. But they express limited confidence in the region’s most prominent national leaders.
Declining Ratings for Mexico’s Peña Nieto
Three years after being elected president, Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto is increasingly unpopular, and his ratings on specific issues, such as education, corruption and fighting drugs and crime, have dropped sharply.
Russia, Putin Held in Low Regard around the World
Outside its own borders, neither Russia nor its president, Vladimir Putin, receives much respect or support, with a median of only 30% across 39 nations surveyed seeing Russia favorably.
Latin Americans Approve of U.S. Re-establishing Diplomatic Ties with Cuba
While Latin Americans approve of the U.S. re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba, they hold mixed views on Cuba overall and have little confidence in Raul Castro.
Iran’s Global Image Mostly Negative
Majorities or pluralities in 31 of 40 countries surveyed hold an unfavorable opinion of the Islamic Republic. And in several Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and Asia, ratings have declined considerably in recent years.
NATO Publics Blame Russia for Ukrainian Crisis, but Reluctant to Provide Military Aid
Publics of key NATO member nations blame Russia for the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, but few support sending arms to Ukraine. And half of Russians see NATO as a military threat, while Ukrainians favor joining NATO.