As elections approach, Australians’ satisfaction with country’s direction is falling
Australians go to the polls to choose a new government this week. Recent surveys show that public satisfaction with the economic direction of the country is falling.
China’s economic influence in Asia doesn’t always lead to positive feelings
Although China’s trade ties with and economic influence on its Asian and Pacific Rim neighbors are greater than ever, that’s doesn’t automatically translate into warmer feelings toward the People’s Republic among publics in the region.
Decades after war’s end, some of Japan’s neighbors still see need for atonement
On the 68th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II, publics in some countries in Asia — notably South Korea and China — believe that Japan still has not sufficiently apologized for its actions during the conflict.
U.S. seen as respecting the personal freedoms of its people, as China lags behind
America’s image remains more positive than China’s around the world, especially when it comes to how global publics perceive each government’s treatment of its own people.
Japan elections come amid shifting attitudes on country’s military posture
Elections in Japan on July 21 to choose half of the members of the the upper house of Japan’s Diet may be a referendum on changing constitutional limits on the country’s military posture.
Infographic: United States and China: The Image of the Globe’s Two Superpowers
Explore the global image of two of the world’s leading economic powers, the United States and China.
Map: World’s Leading Economic Power
The U.S. is still seen as the world’s leading economic power by pluralities or majorities in 22 of the 39 countries polled. China is seen as dominant in eight countries, with the remaining nine divided in their opinions.
Maps: Global Views of the U.S. and China
Overall, global attitudes toward America are positive. In 28 of 38 nations, half or more of those surveyed express a favorable opinion of the U.S. Meanwhile, China is viewed favorably in just 19 of 38 nations.
America’s Global Image Remains More Positive Than China’s
While publics around the world believe China’s economic power is rising, it has not led to more positive ratings for the country.
Public Mood Rebounds in Japan, Abe Popular
After more than two decades of economic turmoil and political transition, the Japanese public’s mood is improving. And seven-in-ten Japanese have a favorable opinion of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.