Feb 13, 2014

Emerging nations catching up to U.S. on technology adoption, especially mobile and social media use

Within a remarkably short period of time, some developing nations are catching up to the U.S. in technology use.

Feb 6, 2014

Russia’s moral barometer: Homosexuality unacceptable, but drinking, less so

Nearly three-quarters of the Russian population (72%) think that homosexuality is morally unacceptable, with only 18% saying it is acceptable or not a moral issue.

Jan 31, 2014

Countdown to Sochi Olympics: What the world thinks of Russia

Russia is hoping that the Sochi Olympics will showcase the country, but when it comes to global public opinion toward Russia, much of the world has unfavorable or mixed views.

Jan 23, 2014

World Economic Forum survey identifies top 10 global risks for 2014

The World Economic Forum is meeting in Davos this week, and as part of the agenda, the international organization released its annual Global Risks for 2014 survey to help identify potential pitfalls for the global economy in the year ahead. The survey of more than 700 representatives of the Forum’s global networks asks respondents to identify […]

Jan 8, 2014

How people in Muslim countries prefer women to dress in public

Even as publics in many of the surveyed Muslim-majority countries express a clear preference for women to dress conservatively, many also say women should be able to decide for themselves what to wear.

Nov 20, 2013

Experts rank the top 10 global trends

A new report from the World Economic Forum ranks the 10 most important global trends, based on a poll of 1,592 leaders from academia, business, government, and non-profits. Here are some data points that compare and contrast the public’s views around the world with the trends identified by the experts. 1. Rising societal tensions in the Middle […]

Nov 8, 2013

Inflation, corruption, inequality top list of Chinese public’s concerns

China watchers are eagerly anticipating this weekend’s Third Plenum of the 18th Party Congress, a gathering expected to focus on a whole host of reforms. Here are five facts from Pew Research related to issues Chinese leaders will be addressing.

Oct 24, 2013

Saudi Arabia has a poor global reputation for how it treats its citizens

Women in Saudi Arabia are planning a nationwide protest on October 26 intended to end the longstanding ban on female driving. When it comes to Saudi Arabia’s record on protecting personal freedoms, the kingdom has a poor reputation among most of 39 nations surveyed this spring.

Oct 17, 2013

As spying revelations surface, Turks and Israelis share mutual dislike

News that the Turkish government may have revealed the secret identities of 10 Iranian spies who had been meeting inside Turkey with the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad comes against the backdrop of surveys that show a mutual feeling of distrust among these two important regional players.

Sep 30, 2013

Plenty of goodwill between the U.S. and Israel as Obama and Netanyahu meet

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to visit President Obama at the White House on Monday, Americans and Israelis continue to hold each other in high regard.