GlobalSeptember 10, 2012

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.

GlobalJuly 12, 2012

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.

GlobalJuly 10, 2012

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.

GlobalJune 5, 2012

Japanese Wary of Nuclear Energy

While Japanese prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has been trying to persuade local communities it is safe to restart two nuclear reactors, 70% of Japanese say their country should reduce its reliance on nuclear energy.

GlobalMay 23, 2012

Russians Support Protests, Political Freedoms, and Putin, Too

A Pew Global attitudes report finds a majority of Russians support political freedoms and public protests that followed a December 2011 parliamentary vote. But a majority also hold a high opinion of Vladimir Putin.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 20, 2011

In 2007, Mood Just Beginning to Sour, Democrats Better Regarded

As another presidential election year approaches, the political and economic landscape has changed in a number of ways since four years ago. The public’s mood was not very good, but still a lot better than it is today.

GlobalDecember 5, 2011

Confidence in Democracy and Capitalism Wanes in Former Soviet Union

Two decades after the Soviet Union’s collapse, Russians, Ukrainians, and Lithuanians are unhappy with the direction of their countries and disillusioned with the state of their politics. Enthusiasm for democracy and capitalism has waned considerably and most believe the changes that have taken place have had a negative impact on many aspects of public life.

GlobalJune 7, 2011

On Eve of Elections, a More Upbeat Mood in Turkey

As publics around the world generally remain gloomy about their economies, Turks are becoming more positive and are increasingly satisfied with their country. This bodes well for Prime Minster Erogan, who also receives good marks on foreign policy in the poll. Turks continue to favor joining the EU, but there is no consensus about whether Turkey’s future lies more with Europe or the Middle East.

GlobalJanuary 14, 2010

Ukraine’s National Election — a Problem of Democracy?

On the eve of a national election, Ukrainians are not only disenchanted with their current leadership and economic situation; they are also the most dissatisfied among former Soviet Bloc nations with the transition to a democracy and free markets.

GlobalSeptember 22, 2008

A New Leader for a Chronically Gloomy Japan

Even if international financial markets were thriving, it is likely that the selection of Taro Aso as the new leader of Japan’s ruling party would still have played out against a backdrop of national apprehensiveness and pessimism.