U.S. Politics Dec. 3, 2009

U.S. Seen as Less Important, China as More Powerful

A new survey of both the public and members of the Council on Foreign Relations finds an increasingly isolationist sentiment among Americans. The public also differs with CFR members on increasing troop levels in Afghanistan, the threat posed by China and the use of torture.

Global Nov. 12, 2009

Obama Popular in Japan, China and South Korea

As President Obama embarks on his first trip to Asia he will be greeted by publics who are confident in his judgment regarding world affairs and who generally agree with his international policies.

Religion Oct. 7, 2009

Mapping the Global Muslim Population

A comprehensive demographic study of more than 200 countries finds there are 1.57 billion Muslims of all ages living in the world today, representing 23% of an estimated 2009 world population of 6.8 billion. A series of interactive maps show the size and distribution of the worldwide Muslim population.

Global Aug. 31, 2009

Few in NATO Support Call For Additional Forces in Afghanistan

Proposals to increase troop levels may face considerable opposition in many NATO countries, which were opposed to Obama’s original call for more forces.

Global Aug. 13, 2009

Pakistan: Growing Concerns About Extremism, Continuing Discontent with U.S.

Pakistani public opinion has turned against al Qaeda and the Taliban, and concerns about Islamic extremism are widespread. At the same time, Pakistanis continue to express negative views of the U.S., although there is an openness to improving relations between the two countries.

Global Mar. 12, 2009

Few in Pakistan Support Extremists — But Few Favor Military Confrontation

Extremist groups are increasingly demonstrating their ability to strike throughout a country in which support for al Qaeda or the Taliban has declined sharply in recent years and where very few agree with their widely noted tactic of preventing education for girls.

Global Dec. 18, 2008

Global Public Opinion in the Bush Years (2001-2008)

President-elect Obama has indicated that he will focus on international cooperation in addressing global problems, but he will have to navigate a world that has grown highly critical of the United States.

Global Dec. 2, 2008

India: Global Optimism, Local Fears

Recent Pew Global Attitudes surveys show India clearly embracing the economic aspects of globalization. But, even before the Mumbai terrorist attacks, the Indian public was greatly worried about terrorism.

Global Sep. 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.

Global Sep. 17, 2008

Unfavorable Views of Both Jews and Muslims Increase in Europe

Publics that view Jews unfavorably also tend to see Muslims in a negative light. However, the trend in negative views toward Muslims in Europe has occurred over a longer period of time than recently growing anti-Semitic sentiment.