As Mali Votes, Mixed Reception to French Intervention
As Malians go to the polls for the presidential election on July 28, Africans, on balance, approve of the French military incursion in its former colony and France enjoys a largely positive image in many African nations. In contrast, most publics in the Middle East disapprove of Paris’ action and France’s ratings have slipped in the region.
America’s Global Image Remains More Positive Than China’s
While publics around the world believe China’s economic power is rising, it has not led to more positive ratings for the country.
Public Mood Rebounds in Japan, Abe Popular
After more than two decades of economic turmoil and political transition, the Japanese public’s mood is improving. And seven-in-ten Japanese have a favorable opinion of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
American International Engagement on the Rocks
Getting the American public’s attention, let alone commitment to deal with international issues is as challenging as it has ever been in the modern era.
Top Global Threats: Climate Change, Financial Instability
Majorities in many of the 39 nations surveyed cite global climate change and international financial instability as major threats to their countries. Islamic extremism is also a serious concern.
Global Views of Iran Largely Negative
Majorities in most of 39 countries surveyed have an unfavorable opinion of Iran, and most say Tehran does not respect the personal freedoms of its people.
The Global Divide on Homosexuality
As the United States and other countries grapple with the issue of same-sex marriage, a new Pew Research Center survey finds huge variance by region on the broader question of whether homosexuality should be accepted or rejected by society.
Emerging Markets Better Rated During Difficult Times
Citizens of emerging market countries are happier with their economies than are people in advanced or developing economies.
Egypt’s National Mood Turns Grim
Months of political uncertainty, a weak economy and often violent street protests have resulted in a majority of Egyptians saying they are dissatisfied with the way their new democracy is working.
France and Germany: A Tale of Two Countries Drifting Apart
A political, economic and demographic divide has opened up between France and Germany.