Worldwide, People Divided on Whether Life Today Is Better Than in the Past
People in Vietnam, India and South Korea are generally positive about life today in their countries compared with 50 years ago. But in many places, like Latin America, peoples’ outlooks are more negative.
From universities to churches, Republicans and Democrats differ in views of major institutions
Reflecting a time of growing partisan polarization, Republicans and Democrats hold very different views on the impact of many of the nation’s institutions.
Wide Ideological Divides in Venezuela
As elections near, Venezuelans are down on President Nicolás Maduro and on Hugo Chávez’s legacy, but wide ideological splits point to a nation divided. Overall, most are dissatisfied with the direction of the country.
Global Support for Free Expression
There is global support for free expression, including free speech, free press and freedom on the internet. Americans, along with Latin Americans and Europeans, stand out in their opposition to government censorship.
Deep Divisions in Turkey as Election Nears
Turks are split on whether their democratic system is working, and views of Erdogan are at their lowest since 2012. But they still prefer a democratic form of government over a strong leader to guide their country.
The Modi Bounce
Indians give high marks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and his appeal is a driving force behind their positive mood. Indians approve of the way Modi is handling a variety of issues, such as access to clean toilets, unemployment and terrorism.
Declining Ratings for Mexico’s Peña Nieto
Three years after being elected president, Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto is increasingly unpopular, and his ratings on specific issues, such as education, corruption and fighting drugs and crime, have dropped sharply.
Political Discontent in Emerging, Developing Nations
A median of 52% across 31 emerging and developing nations surveyed are dissatisfied with their political system, with Middle Easterners and Latin Americans voicing the greatest displeasure.
Turks Divided on Erdogan and the Country’s Direction
Turks are almost evenly split between those who are happy with Prime Minister Erdogan’s leadership and the state of the nation, and those who believe his government is leading the country down the wrong path.
Brazilian Discontent Ahead of World Cup
The national mood in Brazil is grim, following a year of public protests, concerns about rising prices and skepticism about the benefits of hosting the World Cup. Crime, health care and political corruption are also widely viewed as major problems.