Global Feb. 10, 2009

Views of Venezuela’s Chavez Have Hardened in the Region — and at Home

Since he was first elected 10 years ago, Chavez has often portrayed himself as a regional leader, at the forefront of a new era of Latin American populism. However, in many countries in the region, Chavez fails to inspire much confidence.

Global Apr. 15, 2008

Where Trust is High, Crime and Corruption are Low

A Pew Global Attitudes survey finds that social trust varies greatly among countries, but high levels are generally linked to positive social outcomes.

Pew Research Center Apr. 14, 2008

Help from Hugo Chavez: Free Heating Oil for Needy U.S. Families

Close to 200,000 poor families in 15 cold-weather states can thank Venezuela’s controversial president for helping them heat their homes this winter.

Global Feb. 27, 2008

Putin’s Popularity Propels Chosen Successor in Russian Election

Opinion polling — showing a consistent Russian preference for a strong leader over a democratic government — suggests the outcome of Russia’s presidential election is a foregone conclusion.

Global Feb. 19, 2008

Global Views on Castro and Cuba

Fidel Castro ends his long tenure as president of Cuba with international opinion mixed on the question of whether his leadership has been good or bad for his country.

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.

Global Dec. 5, 2007

How the World Rates Women as Leaders

On Dec.10, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will become Argentina’s first female president, joining 11 other female prime ministers and presidents. But a Pew Global Attitudes survey finds world publics hold mixed opinions about women political leaders.

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.

Global Dec. 6, 2006

The Putin Popularity Score

Is Vladimir Putin a new breed of postmodern, post-communist populist or an old-style dictator in democratic clothing? It’s a question currently being debated with even more urgency as the investigation widens into the bizarre poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Soviet spy and outspoken critic of the Russian president.