People in less democratic countries are more likely to say China and Russia respect personal freedoms
People who live in countries where the political system is less than “fully democratic” tend to give Beijing and Moscow higher marks for upholding individual rights than people who live in full democracies, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of public opinion in 38 countries across the globe.
Russians see World War II, not 1917 revolution, as nation’s most important historical event
Just 8% of Russians believe the Russian Revolution was the country’s most important event of the past century. A 34% plurality says it was World War II.
Dissatisfaction was widespread in Spain even before Catalan secession vote
Going into election, Germans are happy with their economy and political establishment
An overwhelming 86% of Germans believe their economy is doing well, up from 75% last year. Germans are also happy with their political establishment.
Few see EU as world’s top economic power despite its relative might
The European Union ranks as the world’s second-largest economy by gross domestic product, but few people globally see it as an economic leader ahead of China or the United States.
Globally, more people see U.S. power and influence as a major threat
Across 30 nations, a median of 38% now say U.S. power and influence poses a major threat to their country, up 13 percentage points from 2013.
4 charts on how Russians see their country’s place in the world
The Russian public feels confident about their country’s global standing, even as signs of discontent emerge at home.
Americans have grown more negative toward China over the past decade
U.S. negativity toward China increased by 26 percentage points since 2006, and it has been higher than Chinese negativity toward the U.S. every year since 2014.
Hungarians share Europe’s embrace of democratic principles but are less tolerant of refugees, minorities
A combination of strong anti-refugee sentiment and above-average disdain for minority groups sets Hungary apart from many of its fellow European Union nations.
Indians still adore Narendra Modi
Two years into his term as prime minister, Indians’ fervor for Narendra Modi continues and optimism about India’s direction and economy is on the rise.