Confidence in government falls in much of the developed world
Confidence in government plunged in most developed countries in the wake of the global financial crisis, a new OECD report finds.
Experts rank the top 10 global trends
A new report from the World Economic Forum ranks the 10 most important global trends, based on a poll of 1,592 leaders from academia, business, government, and non-profits. Here are some data points that compare and contrast the public’s views around the world with the trends identified by the experts. 1. Rising societal tensions in the Middle […]
While focus on foreign problems lessens, U.S. public keeps its eye on China
While the American public increasingly has been looking inward after years of economic stress at home and a decade of wars abroad, they have a keen awareness of the challenges posed to the U.S. by China in the superpower competition between the two countries.
Chart of the Week: The literacy-productivity connection
For both individuals and nations, greater literacy is linked to greater income.
Rise of Greek nationalist ‘Golden Dawn’ party coincides with Greece’s economic crisis
The Greek government is preparing to try several lawmakers representing the Golden Dawn, a nationalist and anti-immigrant party that the government describes as “neo-Nazi.” The upcoming trial is related to the fatal stabbing of an anti-fascist rap musician on Sept. 18, by a Golden Dawn sympathizer. Golden Dawn, a far right wing party whose motto […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.