Global Jun. 12, 2008

Global Economic Gloom — China and India Notable Exceptions

Although views of the U.S. remain negative, and many now worry about the US economy’s impact on their nations, the U.S.’s favorable ratings have increased modestly since 2007 in 10 of 21 countries with comparative data. People around the world are following the U.S. election closely – and in most places surveyed, express greater confidence in Obama than in McCain.

Internet & Tech May. 16, 2008

Tracking China’s Earthquake on TV and the Internet

While the internet proved to be a faster and more varied source of news about the disaster, Chinese television reports have shown an unprecedented absence of censorship: “The faces in these productions tell everything. The soldiers are young; the grief is raw; the eyes are desperate.”

Religion May. 1, 2008

Religion in China on the Eve of the 2008 Beijing Olympics

A watching world may find religious belief unexpectedly widespread in a communist country.

Internet & Tech Mar. 26, 2008

Few in China ComplainAbout Internet Controls

Many Americans assume that China’s internet users are unhappy about their government’s control of the internet, but a new survey finds most Chinese say they approve of internet regulation, especially by the government.

Global Dec. 28, 2007

View from Pakistan: Before Bhutto’s Assassination, Public Opinion Was Increasingly Opposed to Terrorism

What the former prime minister’s death means for the country’s stability is highly uncertain, but it is clear that Pakistanis, while supportive of democratic elections and disapproving of militant extremism, remain highly skeptical of the U.S.

Religion Dec. 12, 2007

South Korea’s Coming Election Highlights Christian Community

The fact that the presidential frontrunner is a Protestant Church leader highlights the growing numbers, influence and religious intensity of South Korea’s Christians.

Global Dec. 11, 2007

How the World Sees China

Rising anti-Americanism in recent years has given China a decided image advantage over the U.S. But Pew polls suggests that perceptions of China’s increasing military and economic power could boost anti-Chinese sentiment in years to come.

Global Aug. 8, 2007

Musharraf’s Support Shrinks, Even As More Pakistanis Reject Terrorism… and the U.S.

As American leaders from George W. Bush to Barack Obama talk tough with Pakistan about terrorism, Pakistanis themselves express fear and loathing of the United States, but reject terrorist tactics.

Global Jul. 24, 2007

A Rising Tide Lifts Mood in the Developing World

Even in some countries where incomes are still low and life is tough, people tend to be happier with their lives — if their economy is on the upswing. And, in Muslim countries, support for suicide bombing has declined sharply in recent years. Also, a commentary by Bruce Stokes analyzes factors contributing higher levels of happiness in many countries worldwide.

U.S. Politics Jul. 6, 2007

Press Praised for Coverage of China’s Product Problem

Most in public call news about safety issues involving Chinese imports accurate and appropriate in amount. Traditional media are also the main source of news about the latest in hi-tech communications: the iPhone.