EU’s mood: A country by country tour
The latest survey results from seven European Union countries reveals a wide range of views across the region about the economy, the future and the EU itself. Just ahead of the parliamentary elections, here’s a tour of the sentiment expressed by the public in each nation.
In Germany, U.S., polls find little support for military aid to Ukraine
The action most favored by Germans (69%) in response to Russia’s incursion into Ukraine is economic and financial support for Ukraine, a measure that both the U.S. and Ukraine governments have backed.
Asia Foundation: Among Afghan public, mixed support for women’s rights
As national elections in Afghanistan approach. surveys show mixed feelings among the Afghan public about women’s role in society.
Russia’s moral barometer: Homosexuality unacceptable, but drinking, less so
Nearly three-quarters of the Russian population (72%) think that homosexuality is morally unacceptable, with only 18% saying it is acceptable or not a moral issue.
Which countries Americans like … and don’t
Americans have strongly favorable views of some allies and negative opinions about a range of others. Some of this is driven by U.S. partisan politics. And history suggests all such opinions are subject to change.
Obama had strong support from LGBT adults even before stance on Sochi Olympics
President Obama said the inclusion of openly gay athletes in the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia underscores American values. Obama and his administration had been viewed positively by LGBT Americans even before this most recent expression of support for LGBT rights.
U.S., Middle East publics less concerned about climate change than those in other nations
The UN Climate Change Conference convened today in Warsaw with a call for governments to reach an agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The talks begin against a public opinion backdrop in which fewer Americans see global climate change as a major threat than do people in most other regions.
Saudi Arabia has a poor global reputation for how it treats its citizens
Women in Saudi Arabia are planning a nationwide protest on October 26 intended to end the longstanding ban on female driving. When it comes to Saudi Arabia’s record on protecting personal freedoms, the kingdom has a poor reputation among most of 39 nations surveyed this spring.
Tough questions ahead for China on its treatment of citizens
China today will undergo its second Universal Periodic Review of its human rights record by the United Nations Human Rights Council at a time when a survey shows that few publics around the world believe the nation respects the liberties of its citizens.
As spying revelations surface, Turks and Israelis share mutual dislike
News that the Turkish government may have revealed the secret identities of 10 Iranian spies who had been meeting inside Turkey with the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad comes against the backdrop of surveys that show a mutual feeling of distrust among these two important regional players.