Global Feb. 12, 2009

The Globe’s Emerging Middle Classes

As economically developing countries grow prosperous, their middle classes understandably become more satisfied with their lives and their values become more like those of the publics of advanced nations.

Global Oct. 7, 2008

Trickle-Down Global Economics: World Already Saw U.S. Influence as Negative

Well before the current economic crisis circled the globe, publics worldwide were well aware that U.S. economic conditions affected their own economies. Most — including the U.S. itself — viewed that influence in a negative light.

Global Sep. 22, 2008

A New Leader for a Chronically Gloomy Japan

Even if international financial markets were thriving, it is likely that the selection of Taro Aso as the new leader of Japan’s ruling party would still have played out against a backdrop of national apprehensiveness and pessimism.

Global Jul. 22, 2008

The Chinese Celebrate Their Roaring Economy As They Struggle With Its Costs

As they eagerly await the Beijing Olympics, the Chinese people express extraordinary levels of satisfaction with the way things are going in their country and with their nation’s economy. With more than eight-in-ten having a positive view of both, China ranks number one among 24 countries on both measures in the 2008 survey by the […]

Global Jun. 24, 2008

Assessing Globalization: Benefits and Drawbacks of Trade and Integration

Enthusiasm for economic globalization has waned considerably over the last few years in many wealthy nations, but survey research suggests that most average citizens around the world embrace the idea of a globalized world, albeit cautiously.

Global Jun. 12, 2008

Global Economic Gloom — China and India Notable Exceptions

Although views of the U.S. remain negative, and many now worry about the US economy’s impact on their nations, the U.S.’s favorable ratings have increased modestly since 2007 in 10 of 21 countries with comparative data. People around the world are following the U.S. election closely – and in most places surveyed, express greater confidence in Obama than in McCain.

Global Jan. 17, 2008

Italy’s Malaise: La Vita Non É Cosí Dolce

Taken aback by critical depictions of their country’s “collective funk,” Italians’ spirits are flagging — but not their sense of cultural superiority.

Global Jul. 24, 2007

A Rising Tide Lifts Mood in the Developing World

Even in some countries where incomes are still low and life is tough, people tend to be happier with their lives — if their economy is on the upswing. And, in Muslim countries, support for suicide bombing has declined sharply in recent years. Also, a commentary by Bruce Stokes analyzes factors contributing higher levels of happiness in many countries worldwide.

Global Nov. 25, 2003

Most of the World Still Does Without

The United States may pride itself as the land of plenty. But the portion of Americans who occasionally go hungry for lack of money to pay for food has not decreased in three decades.

Global Sep. 5, 2003

World Publics Approve Increased International Trade

Though controversy is likely to surround the world trade ministers’ gathering in Cancun, Mexico September 10-14, increased trade is widely supported by the world’s people.