Are you middle class in Western Europe?
A Pew Research Center analysis of income data from 11 Western European countries finds considerable differences in the fortunes of the middle classes in those countries.
Middle Class Fortunes in Western Europe
From 1991 to 2010, the middle class expands in France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, but, as in the United States, shrinks in Germany, Italy and Spain
In Key African Nations, Widespread Discontent With Economy, Corruption
Many people in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya are concerned about their countries’ political and economic systems. Yet, there is considerable optimism about the future.
Views on National Economies Mixed as Many Countries Continue to Struggle
More than eight-in-ten in Greece, France and Spain say the economic situation is bad, but opinions in other EU countries and parts of Asia-Pacific are more positive.
Smartphone Ownership and Internet Usage Continues to Climb in Emerging Economies
As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, both economically and socially, technology adoption remains one of the defining factors in human progress. To that end, there has been a noticeable rise over the past two years in the percentage of people in the emerging and developing nations surveyed by Pew Research Center who say that they use the internet and own a smartphone.
Global Publics: Economic Conditions Are Bad
Seven years after the beginning of the global financial crisis, a Pew Research Center survey of 40 nations finds that publics in fewer than half the countries have a positive view of their economy.
Climate Change Seen as Top Global Threat
People in many countries around the world, particularly in Latin America and Africa, list climate change as a top worry. Americans, Europeans and Middle Easterners, however, most frequently cite ISIS as their top threat.
A Global Middle Class Is More Promise than Reality
The first decade of this century witnessed an historic reduction in global poverty and a near doubling of the number of people who could be considered middle income. But the emergence of a truly global middle class is still far from fruition.
Emerging and Developing Economies Much More Optimistic than Rich Countries about the Future
As they continue to struggle with the effects of the Great Recession, most people in advanced economies are pessimistic about the financial prospects of the next generation. In contrast, emerging and developing nations are more optimistic that the next generation will have a higher standard of living.
Faith and Skepticism about Trade, Foreign Investment
Developing countries provide the strongest support for international trade and foreign investment, while people in many advanced economies are skeptical. Americans are among the least likely to hold a positive view of the impact of trade on jobs and wages.
Developing Countries Most Satisfied with Economy
Six years after the beginning of the Great Recession, amid an uneven global economic recovery, publics around the world remain glum. A global median of 60% see their country’s economy performing poorly.
Global Public Downbeat about Economy
Six years after the beginning of the Great Recession, amid an uneven global economic recovery, publics around the world remain glum. In most nations, people say their country is heading in the wrong direction and most voice the view that economic conditions are bad,
Mexican President Peña Nieto’s Ratings Slip with Economic Reform
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has been praised internationally for his ambitious reforms of everything from the energy sector to education to telecommunications, but a new Pew Research Center survey in Mexico finds that domestically his positive image is faltering and a key component of his political agenda – economic reform – is decidedly unpopular.
Indians Reflect on Their Country & the World
On the eve of an election for the Lok Sabha, India’s national parliament, Indians are disgruntled about the state of their nation, deeply worried about a range of problems facing their society and supportive of new leadership in New Delhi
Greater Technology Use Linked to Higher Per Capita Income
Technology usage is strongly correlated with national income across the countries surveyed. Countries with a higher GDP per capita generally have higher rates of smartphone ownership and internet and social networking use, while poorer countries tend to have lower rates of technology usage. Mouse over the countries below to reveal technology use and GDP per […]
Reached middle-class status? Start complaining about it
In China, one of the greatest economic transformations in history is taking place, as millions move from poverty into the middle class.
World’s Leading Economic Power
Although many around the world believe the economic balance of power is shifting, the U.S. is still seen as the world’s leading economic power by pluralities or majorities in 22 of the 39 countries polled. China is seen as dominant in eight countries, with the remaining nine divided in their opinions. Overall, a median of […]
United States and China: The Image of the Globe’s Two Superpowers
Since the 2008 financial crisis, perceptions about the economic balance of power in the world have been shifting, with China increasingly seen as the world’s leading economic power. However, China’s increasing power has not led to more positive ratings for the People’s Republic. Overall, the U.S. enjoys a stronger global image than China. People are […]
Japanese Public’s Mood Rebounding, Abe Highly Popular
Survey Report After more than two decades of economic turmoil and political transition in Japan, the public’s mood is showing some decided improvement. Japan now has a strongly popular political leadership, and there are indications of a growing Japanese aspiration to play a larger security role on the world stage. Public satisfaction with Japan’s direction […]
World Worried about Inequality
Income inequality has been growing at an increasingly rapid pace. And publics around the world – and especially in Europe – are taking note.
Global Econ Quiz
Test how much you know about economic attitudes in the world, based on an international survey by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project.
Advanced Economies Report Lowest Deprivation
While people in advanced economies are most bearish about their economic situation, they report very low levels of deprivation relative to others around the world, including people in emerging nations who are more positive and optimistic about economic conditions. Reports of deprivation are closely related to national wealth. For example, in Australia, Canada and Germany […]
Widespread Dissatisfaction with Economy
Publics around the world are decidedly unhappy about their nations’ economies. However, citizens of emerging market countries are overall more pleased with their economies than are people in advanced or developing economies. A median of 53% in emerging markets say their national economy is doing well, compared with 33% in developing countries and 24% in […]
Economies of Emerging Markets Better Rated During Difficult Times
Publics around the world are decidedly unhappy about their nations’ economies. Most are displeased with current economic conditions and concerned about rising economic inequality; few are optimistic about the coming year. However, at the same time, most global publics say their personal finances are in better shape than their national economies, according to a […]
Egyptians Increasingly Glum
Two years after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian public mood is increasingly negative. Month after month of political uncertainty, a weak economy and often violent street protests have taken their toll, and today a majority of Egyptians are dissatisfied with the way their new democracy is working. Only 30% of Egyptians think […]
Threat to the EU: German Exceptionalism Poses a Challenge
The euro crisis has exposed a range of intra-European problems long hidden from the harsh light of day. Not the least of these is German exceptionalism. Over the last two generations one goal of the European project has been to narrow the differences between Germany and the rest of Europe. But recent economic difficulties have only amplified those dissimilarities.
Decreasing Faith in the European Union
The New Sick Man of Europe: the European Union
The European Union is the new sick man of Europe. The effort over the past half century to create a more united Europe is now the principal casualty of the euro crisis. The European project now stands in disrepute across much of Europe. Support for European economic integration – the 1957 raison d’etre for […]
France and Germany: A Tale of Two Countries Drifting Apart
A political, economic and demographic divide has opened up between France and Germany. The two countries, which have for decades been the driving force behind European integration, increasingly see the world through different lenses. This new evidence of a dramatic divergence of public opinion raises new questions about prospects for the European Project.
Seeds of Unrest in Pakistan’s Economy
The news out of Pakistan is unrelentingly bad, but headline-grabbing events obscure a more insidious problem: the profound economic challenges facing Pakistani society. And this economic malaise is worsening, thus complicating India’s relationship with its neighbour.