Fact Tank Sep. 17, 2014

Americans have dim view of trade’s impact on jobs and wages

While 68% of Americans say trade is good for the country, they hold starkly different views than people in other countries around the world when it comes to the supposed benefits of international commerce: job creation and higher wages.

Global Sep. 16, 2014

Mixed Views on Trade, Foreign Investment

Developing countries provide the strongest support for international trade and foreign investment, while people in many advanced economies are skeptical. Americans are among the least likely to hold a positive view of the impact of trade on jobs and wages.

Fact Tank Sep. 16, 2014

Most of the world supports globalization in theory, but many question it in practice

People across the globe are of two minds about globalization: in principle, most believe it’s good for their country; in practice many – especially those in advanced economies – are not so sure it’s good for them personally.

Fact Tank Jul. 14, 2014

5 key takeaways on global views of the U.S. and China

A new Pew Research Center survey finds widespread opposition around the world to U.S. eavesdropping. Still, America’s overall image remains mostly positive. Here are five key takeaways.

Fact Tank Apr. 25, 2014

The facts and figures behind proposed trans-Pacific trade deal

One of the biggest and most difficult items on President Obama’s Asia agenda has been trade — in particular, unsnarling negotiations for the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade agreement. The TPP would remove trade barriers among 12 nations on both sides of the Pacific that together account for about 40% of the global economy. But as might be expected, the […]

Fact Tank Apr. 23, 2014

Obama visits Asia amid regional concerns about China

President Obama’s trip to Asia this week comes at a time when many U.S. allies in the region are concerned about China’s intentions.

Fact Tank Apr. 21, 2014

Majority in U.S. back trade treaty Obama likely to discuss on Japan trip

Trade will likely be a topic of discussion when President Obama visits Japan on Wednesday. Most Americans see trade with Japan as a good thing and back a treaty on Pacific trade.

Fact Tank Apr. 1, 2014

Americans: Disengaged, feeling less respected, but still see U.S. as world’s military superpower

Polls show that Americans don’t want to get too involved in Ukraine’s problems with Russian encroachment, just as they have been disinclined to get drawn into other recent world trouble spots, including Syria, Egypt and Libya.

Fact Tank Jan. 24, 2014

Chart of the Week: How two decades of globalization have changed the world

Globally, incomes have risen fastest for the very well-off and the bottom two-thirds of the world’s people, but have stagnated or fallen for the “global upper middle class.”