Fact Tank Sep. 19, 2013

Facing re-election, Merkel gets mostly high marks for handling of economy

Angela Merkel’s high marks on dealing with the euro crisis may be one reason she leads her chief rival Social Democratic chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück.

Fact Tank Sep. 4, 2013

Downbeat views prevail in G20 countries as summit begins

As this year’s G20 summit begins in Russia, just 37% of people in participating nations think their country’s economic situation will improve in next year.

Fact Tank Aug. 19, 2013

Public social expenditures falling in most countries but still above pre-crisis levels

New economic figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development showed an increase in public spending among developed countries during the global financial crisis, but a survey of European nations indicated publics were now looking to ratchet it down.

Fact Tank Aug. 16, 2013

China’s economic influence in Asia doesn’t always lead to positive feelings

Although China’s trade ties with and economic influence on its Asian and Pacific Rim neighbors are greater than ever, that’s doesn’t automatically translate into warmer feelings toward the People’s Republic among publics in the region.

Fact Tank Aug. 15, 2013

Inflation: Low by the numbers, but still a big public concern

About eight-in-ten Americans think rising prices are a “very” or “moderately” big problem.

Fact Tank Aug. 9, 2013

New economic data points to pleasant surprises or disappointment for key countries

New OECD composite leading economic indicators suggest that Chinese and Brazilians face disappointment with their economies in the months ahead, while many Europeans, Japanese and Americans may be pleasantly surprised.

Fact Tank Aug. 8, 2013

Greeks, stung by recession, lukewarm on U.S. relations

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras of Greece visits the White House for the first time today, at a time when anti-U.S. feeling in his country is running high.

Fact Tank Aug. 6, 2013

Around the world, governments promote home ownership

High on Congress’ long to-do list is deciding what to do about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two giant government-run companies that dominate the nation’s mortgage market (together they accounted for 78% of all mortgage-backed securities issued in the first quarter of this year). Which is another way of saying, Congress has to decide […]

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Global Jul. 18, 2013

Infographic: United States and China: The Image of the Globe’s Two Superpowers

Explore the global image of two of the world’s leading economic powers, the United States and China.

Pew Research Center Jul. 18, 2013

Welcome to the Global Middle-Class Surge

By Alan Murray, President, Pew Research Center This op-ed was published in The Wall Street Journal on July 18, 2013. The mass uprisings this summer in Egypt, Turkey and Brazil are powerful reminders that the middle classes drive history. What remains unclear, however, is where they are driving it. The world today is witnessing its third great […]