Many See Belief in God as Essential to Morality
In 22 of 40 countries surveyed, majorities think it is necessary to believe in God to be a moral person, but this view is more common in poorer countries than in wealthier ones.
Indians Want Political Change
Seven-in-ten Indians are dissatisfied with the way things are going in India today, and a majority would favor the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Emerging Nations Embrace Internet, Mobile Technology
Cell phones are pervasive, but smartphones are still rare. And while the internet has made tremendous inroads, its reach is limited.
Attitudes about Aging Vary Widely in Rapidly Graying World
Concern about aging is highest in East Asia and Europe, where populations are aging the fastest. Americans are less concerned.
Despite Challenges, Africans Are Optimistic about the Future
Even though many in Africa continue to face serious financial adversity, their economic outlook is more positive than many others around the world, and they are hopeful about their children’s future.
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.