Most Say Monitoring Allied Leaders’ Calls Is Unacceptable
In the wake of reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been listening to phone calls of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other heads of state, a 56% majority of Americans say it is unacceptable for the U.S. to monitor the phones of allied leaders.
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.
Views of Government: Key Data Points
Public confidence of government has fallen in recent years, and many Americans favor a smaller government providing fewer services, according to Pew Research Center surveys.
Tunisians Sour on Political Leaders as Conditions Worsen
Two years after launching the Arab Spring, Tunisians are growing disaffected with their leaders as conditions worsen. According to our new survey, 72% dissatisfied with the way their democracy is working.
Chart of the Week: The wide world of bribery
Every year, Transparency International asks people around the world about their experiences with public corruption — more than 114,000 in 107 countries for their latest “Global Corruption Barometer.” The map below depicts the percentage of people in each of the surveyed countries who reported paying a bribe sometime in the past 12 months to any […]
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.
Challenge for Egypt: Finding leaders with wide support
Political unrest continued in Egypt after a chaotic political week in which two of the key players – both unpopular with the Egyptian public – illustrated the difficulty in finding a leader who can overcome the country’s divisions.
Egyptian military gets higher ratings than most political parties
The Egyptian military issued an ultimatum to both President Mohamed Morsi and his opponents today, declaring that the two sides must find a resolution to the country’s political crisis in the next 48 hours or the military will impose its own “roadmap for the future.” Since the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak two and a […]
Iranians’ Views Mixed on Political Role for Religious Figures
As Iranians prepare to elect a new president on June 14, just 40% of them think religious figures should play a large role in politics.
Young adults: Less trusting in general, but with exceptions
Young adults are less trusting in general but more willing to trust at least some government officials and agencies. Overall, the United States is one of the more trusting societies in the world.