7 key findings on the state of the middle class in Western Europe
The fortunes of the middle classes across Western Europe are moving in different directions. Some nations are experiencing both growing incomes and expanding middle classes, while other nations are witness to stagnant or declining incomes and shrinking middle classes, a new Pew Research Center analysis of 11 Western European countries has found. But in a few other countries studied, the middle-class shares are decreasing even as incomes overall are rising.
Smartphones are common in advanced economies, but digital divides remain
In each of 14 countries surveyed in 2016, nearly all people reported owning a mobile phone. But the shares who own a smartphone vary considerably.
5 charts showing where France’s National Front draws its support
Ahead of the first round of the French presidential election, here are five charts outlining the support for the country’s populist, far-right National Front.
Not everyone in advanced economies is using social media
Many in Europe, the U.S., Canada, Australia and Japan do not report regularly visiting social media sites. But majorities in all of the 14 countries surveyed say they at least use the internet.
Americans hold very negative views of North Korea amid nuclear tensions
Overall, 78% of Americans have an unfavorable view of the communist nation ruled by Kim Jong Un, with 61% holding a very unfavorable opinion.
As Republicans’ views improve, Americans give the economy its highest marks since financial crisis
Nearly six-in-ten people in the United States say the economic situation is very or somewhat good, the most positive assessment of the economy since 2007.
Applications for U.S. visa lottery more than doubled since 2007
For fiscal year 2017, about 19 million people applied for the U.S. diversity visa program, otherwise known as the visa lottery.
China outpaces India in internet access, smartphone ownership
India and China have long had a competitive relationship and have emerged as major economic powers. But in the digital space, China has a clear advantage.
European asylum applications remained near record levels in 2016
In 2016, European Union countries, Norway and Switzerland received more than 1.2 million asylum applications, below the record 1.3 million applications received in 2015.
In Trump presidency, nearly 2,500 refugees have entered U.S. from six travel-restricted countries
The number of refugees from the six travel-restricted countries represents 32% of all refugees who have entered the U.S. since Trump took office.