Global Jul. 29, 2010

Public Opinion in Pakistan: Concern About Extremist Threat Slips

Pakistanis have grown markedly less concerned about extremist groups, and are far more worried about the external threat from India. America’s image remains negative and support for U.S. involvement in the fight against extremists has waned. Many Pakistanis endorse extreme views about law, religion and society.

Global Jun. 17, 2010

Obama More Popular Abroad than at Home, Global Image of U.S. Continues to Benefit

The president gets an enthusiastic thumbs up from the world (with the notable exception of the U.S.) for the way he has handled the world economic crisis. Obama’s personal popularity remains high, as do favorable views of the U.S. In a striking difference from the Bush years, while many around the world disagree with Obama’s foreign policies, the U.S. image has not been significantly dented as a result. Muslim countries, however, continue to hold a negative view of America and most also give Obama unfavorable ratings.

Jun. 9, 2010

India’s Census and the Caste Question

In a controversial decision, government leaders in India have agreed that the nation’s 2011 census could include a tally of castes, the complex structure of traditional social classes last enumerated in 1931.

Global Mar. 17, 2010

Indonesia: The Obama Effect

When President Barack Obama travels to Indonesia he will visit a country where his personal popularity has dramatically transformed America’s image.

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.