Americans’ foreign policy priorities for 2014
Protecting the U.S. from terrorist attacks and protecting American jobs are the two top foreign policy priorities for Americans in 2014.
Which countries Americans like … and don’t
Americans have strongly favorable views of some allies and negative opinions about a range of others. Some of this is driven by U.S. partisan politics. And history suggests all such opinions are subject to change.
6 global challenges for 2014
Here are some data points that measure how the public in the U.S. and around the world see the challenges ahead for 2014.
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.