5 charts on America’s (very positive) image in Africa
When President Barack Obama travels to Kenya and Ethiopia later this week, he will likely receive a warm public reception. Obama, whose father was Kenyan, is very popular in both countries, as well as in many other nations in sub-Saharan Africa. But it’s not just Obama – as Pew Research Center surveys have shown over the years, the United States consistently receives high marks throughout the region.
Americans are aging, but not as fast as people in Germany, Italy and Japan
At least one-in-five people in Japan, Germany and Italy are already aged 65 or older, and most other European countries are close behind.
Cell Phones in Africa a Communication Lifeline
The proliferation of mobile phone networks has transformed communications in sub-Saharan Africa. It has also allowed Africans to skip the landline stage of development and jump right to the digital age.
Christianity poised to continue its shift from Europe to Africa
The share of the world’s Christians in Europe will continue to decline while the percentage in sub-Saharan Africa will increase dramatically.
6 facts about public opinion in Nigeria before election day
Nigerians head to the polls this weekend for a long-delayed presidential election. Here’s what they had to say about the state of their country when we surveyed them in the spring of 2014.
U.S., China compete to woo Africa
Neither world power has a clear advantage when it comes to the hearts and minds of people in Africa.
Public Health a Major Priority in Africa
People in six African nations say building and improving hospitals and preventing and treating HIV/AIDS should be among the top public health priorities for their governments. Other priorities include improving access to drinking water and prenatal care and fighting hunger and infectious diseases.
Europeans hold more liberal views on moral issues
Europeans are consistently more liberal than Latin Americans, Asians, Africans, and Middle Easterners when it comes to judging what things are morally acceptable or not.
Africans among the most morally opposed to contraception
Five sub-Saharan African nations – Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya and Senegal – rank among the nine countries with the most moral opposition to contraception
Chart of the Week: How South Africa changed, and didn’t, over Mandela’s lifetime
South Africa experienced tremendous political change during Nelson Mandela’s lifetime, but whites remain on top of the country’s economy.