14 striking findings from 2014
In 2014, Pew Research Center published more than 150 reports and some 600 blog posts. Here are 14 facts we found particularly striking, as they illustrate some major shifts in our politics, society, habits or families.
Global worries about corruption are on the rise
Across 34 emerging and developing economies, a median of 76% say corrupt political leaders are a very big problem in their country. Yet, not many people in these nations say giving bribes is essential for getting ahead in life.
6 facts about Japan’s downbeat economy
The world’s third largest economy faces long-term challenges, including pessimistic forecasts from the Japanese public, the hollowing out of Japan’s working-age population and the nation’s exorbitant public debt.
Unrest in the Middle East taking a toll on people’s outlooks
The pervasive conflicts that have gripped the Middle East over recent years have also taken a serious toll on the outlook of people across the region.
With 41% of global wealth in the hands of less than 1%, elites and citizens agree inequality is a top priority
People with a net worth of more than $1 million represent just 0.7% of the global population, but they have 41% of the world’s wealth. Meanwhile, those with a net worth of less than $10,000 represent 69% of the population, but just 3% of global wealth.
At APEC: Americans, Japanese are most skeptical that trade leads to more jobs
The Japanese (69%) and Americans (68%) are among the least convinced in APEC countries that trade is good for their nation. They are also far less convinced – Americans 20%, Japanese 15% – that international commerce generates jobs.
East Germans now as satisfied with life as West Germans
Twenty five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, East Germans are now as satisfied with life as West Germans.
When it comes to happiness, money matters
The different direction of economic fortunes since the Great Recession has had a major impact on life satisfaction in countries around the world.
Consumer sentiment in U.S. and Europe diverging, along with their economic outlooks
Consumer confidence is rising in the U.S., reflecting its continued modest growth. But confidence has taken a tumble in Europe, which is still struggling to achieve significant, sustainable growth.
China’s government may be communist, but its people embrace capitalism
China’s incredible economic expansion has led the Chinese to be overwhelmingly happy with their economic situation and optimistic about their future, but there are underlying complaints about inflation, inequality and corruption.