Global Publics: Economic Conditions Are Bad
Seven years after the beginning of the global financial crisis, our survey of 40 nations finds that publics in fewer than half the countries have a positive view of their economy.
Views of U.S.-Cuba Ties in Latin America
While Latin Americans approve of the U.S. re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba, they hold mixed views on Cuba overall and have little confidence in Raul Castro.
Extremism Concerns Growing in West and Muslim Countries
As the Islamic militant group ISIS continues to entrench itself in Syria and Iraq, concerns about Islamic extremism are growing in the West and in countries with significant Muslim populations.
Climate Change Seen as Top Global Threat
People in many countries around the world, particularly in Latin America and Africa, list climate change as a top worry. Americans, Europeans and Middle Easterners, however, most frequently cite ISIS as their top threat.
America’s Global Image
Ratings for the U.S. remain mostly positive, with a global median of 69% expressing a favorable view. Countries also express broad support for America’s military efforts against ISIS, but are critical of the U.S. government’s use of torture after 9/11.
Iran’s Global Image Mostly Negative
As the June 30 deadline for negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program approaches, our 40-nation survey finds a global median of 58% saying they have an unfavorable opinion of the Islamic Republic.
How NATO Publics View Ukrainian Crisis
Publics of key NATO member nations blame Russia for the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, but few support sending arms to Ukraine. And half of Russians see NATO as a military threat, while Ukrainians favor joining NATO.
Faith in European Project Reviving
Favorable views of the European Union and faith in the efficacy of the euro are generally rebounding in major EU member states. Nonetheless, most say the rise of Eurosceptic political parties is a good thing.
The U.S.-Germany Relationship
Most Americans and Germans see the other country as a reliable ally in 2015. But they disagree on salient points in the history of their postwar alliance, as well as on key issues for the future.
Cell Phones in Africa a Communication Lifeline
The proliferation of mobile phone networks has transformed communications in sub-Saharan Africa. It has also allowed Africans to skip the landline stage of development and jump right to the digital age.