Fact Tank Nov. 21, 2013

Confidence in government falls in much of the developed world

Confidence in government plunged in most developed countries in the wake of the global financial crisis, a new OECD report finds.

Fact Tank Nov. 20, 2013

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.

Fact Tank 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 […]

Fact Tank Nov. 11, 2013

U.S., Middle East publics less concerned about climate change than those in other nations

The UN Climate Change Conference convened today in Warsaw with a call for governments to reach an agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The talks begin against a public opinion backdrop in which fewer Americans see global climate change as a major threat than do people in most other regions.

Fact Tank Nov. 8, 2013

Chart of the Week: The changing patterns of global income distribution

Swedish academic Hans Rosling uses advanced graphics and display technology to show how billions of people worldwide have escaped extreme poverty.

Fact Tank 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.

Fact Tank 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.

Fact Tank Oct. 23, 2013

Report questions drone use, widely unpopular globally, but not in the U.S.

A new report raises “serious concerns” about the U.S. drone campaign in Pakistan. U.S. public opinion about the use of drones in general sharply differs from the widespread opposition to the missile strikes among other nations.

Fact Tank Oct. 23, 2013

Few Americans trust Pakistan

Only 10% of Americans believe the U.S. can trust Pakistan a great deal or a fair amount.

Fact Tank Oct. 22, 2013

Tough questions ahead for China on its treatment of citizens

China today will undergo its second Universal Periodic Review of its human rights record by the United Nations Human Rights Council at a time when a survey shows that few publics around the world believe the nation respects the liberties of its citizens.