The U.S.’s high income gap is met with relatively low public concern
Public awareness of income inequality in the U.S. appears to be out of touch with existing income gaps in contrast to most other countries.
American-Israeli friction on Iran is evident in public opinion
Three-quarters of Israelis have a very unfavorable view of Iran, while only 42% of Americans share such strong negative sentiments.
Facing re-election, Merkel gets mostly high marks for handling of economy
Angela Merkel’s high marks on dealing with the euro crisis may be one reason she leads her chief rival Social Democratic chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück.
As French, U.S. leaders push for Syria action, their people are united in opposition
The American and French publics, who a decade ago bitterly disagreed over the U.S. invasion of Iraq, now see eye-to-eye on the looming military strike against Syria because of its alleged use of chemical weapons against its own people. In principle they both think there are times when it is necessary to use military force […]
Downbeat views prevail in G20 countries as summit begins
As this year’s G20 summit begins in Russia, just 37% of people in participating nations think their country’s economic situation will improve in next year.
As elections approach, Australians’ satisfaction with country’s direction is falling
Australians go to the polls to choose a new government this week. Recent surveys show that public satisfaction with the economic direction of the country is falling.
UN approval before using military force lacks widespread global agreement
The UN Security Council failed Wednesday to reach agreement on a British-sponsored resolution authorizing approval of taking action against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons. A 2011 Pew Research poll found publics in most countries surveyed did not support the principle of obtaining UN approval first.
As U.S. considers Syrian strike, support for NATO has waned
While the U.S. and several of its allies in NATO review options for military action against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons, such action is reportedly not likely to be under the umbrella of NATO. Support for NATO in member countries has waned.
Even before chemical weapons furor, Assad had little support among publics in the region
Even before Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was accused of using chemical weapons, he was widely unpopular with publics in neighboring countries.
New economic data points to pleasant surprises or disappointment for key countries
New OECD composite leading economic indicators suggest that Chinese and Brazilians face disappointment with their economies in the months ahead, while many Europeans, Japanese and Americans may be pleasantly surprised.