Increasing Concerns about Extremism in the Middle East
Concern about Islamic extremism is high among countries with substantial Muslim populations. Lebanese, Tunisians, Egyptians, Jordanians and Turks are all more worried about the extremist threat than they were a year ago.
Little Faith That Palestinians and Israelis Can Find Peace
Publics in the Middle East have little faith that a way can be found for Israel and an independent Palestinian state to coexist peacefully with each other.
Iran’s Global Image Largely Negative
Favorable views of Iran have declined significantly in recent years in several Middle Eastern nations as worldwide views of the country remain overwhelmingly negative. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also receives poor marks in the region.
Syria’s Neighbors Want Assad to Step Down, But No Appetite for Aid to Rebels
After three years of civil war, Syria’s neighbors fear that al Qaeda or other extremist groups could take control of that war-torn land, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.
Brazil Well-Regarded in Much of the World
As Brazil prepares to host the World Cup, global views of the country are generally favorable, with especially high ratings among young people around the world.
Brazilian Discontent Ahead of World Cup
The national mood in Brazil is grim, following a year of public protests, concerns about rising prices and skepticism about the benefits of hosting the World Cup. Crime, health care and political corruption are also widely viewed as major problems.
Egyptians Divided on El-Sisi, Morsi Ouster
Slight majorities in Egypt support last year’s ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi and have a positive view of his likely replacement, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
EU Image May Be Rebounding, But Frustrations Remain
After a dramatic decline in the wake of the euro crisis, EU favorability is now on the rise. But publics across Europe overwhelmingly think that their voice is not heard in Brussels, and complain that the EU is out of touch, intrusive and inefficient.
Ukrainians Want to Remain One Country
A clear majority of Ukrainians agree that their country should remain a single, unified state. Only in Crimea do more than half voice support for the right to secede.
Public Health a Major Priority in Africa
People in six African nations say building and improving hospitals and preventing and treating HIV/AIDS should be among the top public health priorities for their governments. Other priorities include improving access to drinking water and prenatal care and fighting hunger and infectious diseases.