A Dismal Public Mood in Pakistan
Roughly nine-in-ten Pakistanis believe the country is on the wrong track, and about eight-in-ten say the economy is in poor shape. Meanwhile, concerns about extremist groups have increased markedly.
Middle East Publics Fear Spread of Syrian Violence
Despite worries, there is little regional support for military intervention by Western or Arab countries.
U.S. Image Rebounds in Mexico
Two-thirds of Mexicans have a favorable opinion of the U.S and about half express confidence in President Obama. Fewer Mexicans say they see a better life in the U.S., but 35% say they would migrate.
Continued Support for U.S. Drone Strikes
While U.S. drone strikes have faced new scrutiny in recent weeks, a majority of the public continues to support the program. Overall, 56% approve of the U.S. conducting missile strikes from pilotless aircraft to target extremists in countries such as Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia; just 26% say they disapprove.
Social Networking Popular Across Globe
Many global publics use social networking sites to share their views on popular culture. Expressing opinions about politics, community issues and religion is particularly common in the Arab world.
Inequality, Corruption Growing Concerns for China
As China prepares for its once-in-a-decade change of leadership, the Chinese public is increasingly concerned about political corruption and inequality, and expresses reservations about China’s relations with the United States.
U.S. Public, Experts Differ on China Policies
Despite generally positive assessments of U.S.-China relations, tthe U.S. public is more concerned than experts about China’s growing economic strength. About half say the Asian nation’s emergence as a world power poses a major threat to America.
Deepening Economic Doubts in India
The economic euphoria in India over the last few years has suddenly soured. Although still relatively upbeat compared with many other countries, the Indian public’s confidence in their country’s direction and future economic growth has declined significantly compared with just a year ago.
Pervasive Gloom About the World Economy
The economic mood is exceedingly glum all around the world. A median of just 27 percent think their national economy is doing well, according to a survey in 21 countries. Those in emerging markets are more upbeat than those in the European Union and the U.S. The global economic crisis also has eroded support for capitalism.
Most Muslims Want Democracy, Personal Freedoms and Islam in Political Life
More than a year after the first stirrings of the Arab Spring, there continues to be a strong desire for democracy in Arab and other predominantly Muslim nations. A substantial number in key Muslim countries also want a large role for Islam in political life. Meanwhile, few think the U.S. favors democracy in the Middle East.