Saudi Arabia’s Image Falters among Middle East Neighbors
A Pew Research Center survey reveals that Saudi Arabia’s standing has slipped substantially among key Middle Eastern publics. However, opinion of Saudi Arabia has not soured in other predominately Muslim countries outside of the region.
Rising Environmental Concerns in China
The Chinese public is increasingly worried about the quality of the country’s air and water. There is also widespread concern about inflation, inequality and corruption, and the safety of consumer goods and food.
United Nations Retains Strong Global Image
Clear majorities in 22 of 39 countries surveyed say they have a favorable view of the UN. Ratings are on balance favorable in the U.S. and Russia, while the Chinese are divided in their opinion. However, views trend negatively in key Middle Eastern publics.
Tunisians Sour on Political Leaders as Conditions Worsen
Two years after launching the Arab Spring, Tunisians are growing disaffected with their leaders as conditions worsen. According to our new survey, 72% dissatisfied with the way their democracy is working.
Muslims Concerned about Extremism
Across 11 Muslim publics surveyed, a median of 67% say they are somewhat or very concerned about Islamic extremism. Among these publics, extremist groups garner little popular support and clear majorities oppose violence in the name of Islam.
Global Opinion of Russia Mixed
As Russia prepares to host the G20 summit, negative opinions of the country are more common than positive ones, although views are mixed in many countries. Negative views of Russia are especially pronounced in the Middle East, Western Europe and Japan.
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.
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.