InteractiveAugust 1, 2017

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.

Survey ReportsAugust 1, 2017

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.

Survey ReportsJuly 13, 2017

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.

Survey ReportsJune 5, 2017

Global Publics More Upbeat About the Economy

Nearly a decade after the Great Recession, economic spirits are reviving around the world. But many are pessimistic about the next generation’s financial future.

MultimediaApril 24, 2017

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.

ReportApril 24, 2017

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

Survey ReportsNovember 14, 2016

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.

Survey ReportsAugust 9, 2016

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.

Survey ReportsFebruary 22, 2016

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.

Survey ReportsJuly 23, 2015

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.

Survey ReportsJuly 14, 2015

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.

ReportJuly 8, 2015

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.

Survey ReportsOctober 9, 2014

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.

Survey ReportsSeptember 16, 2014

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.

PublicationsSeptember 9, 2014

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.

Survey ReportsSeptember 9, 2014

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,

Survey ReportsAugust 26, 2014

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.

Survey ReportsMarch 31, 2014

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

PublicationsFebruary 13, 2014

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 […]

CommentaryAugust 11, 2013

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.

PublicationsJuly 18, 2013

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 […]

PublicationsJuly 18, 2013

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 […]

Survey ReportsJuly 11, 2013

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 […]

CommentaryMay 28, 2013

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.

PublicationsMay 23, 2013

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.

PublicationsMay 23, 2013

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 […]

PublicationsMay 23, 2013

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 […]

Survey ReportsMay 23, 2013

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 […]

Survey ReportsMay 16, 2013

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 […]

CommentaryMay 14, 2013

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.