Special to the Journal of Democracy Liberal democracy is experiencing a crisis of confidence. Scholars and pundits may disagree about the nature and depth of the problem, but few would argue that nothing is amiss. Commentators decry an increasingly familiar list of trends, including weakening civil liberties, eroding democratic norms, rising nativism, and growing support […]
Average citizens around the world see a technological revolution coming in the workplace, and they are concerned. Many fear robots and computers will eliminate jobs and increase inequality.
Overall, 38% of Americans have a favorable opinion of China, down slightly from 44% in 2017. Concerns about China include economic threats, cyberattacks, environmental damage and human rights.
Director of Global Attitudes Research Richard Wike presented findings addressing the question of “How has populism disrupted the left-right divide in Western Europe?"
Special to The Atlantic With the Trump administration’s recent withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the already rocky relationship between the United States and its European allies has become even more tenuous. For many Europeans, Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Iran accord crystallizes what they dislike about his approach to […]
Across the world, a median of 78% say representative democracy is a good way to govern their country. Yet, pro-democracy views coexist with openness to nondemocratic forms of governance.
Pew Research Center examined attitudes toward human rights organizations in four major emerging and developing nations: India, Indonesia, Kenya and Mexico.
Richard Wike, Director of Global Attitudes Research, presented Pew Research Center findings on America's global image, views about China and the global balance of power.
Across 38 nations, a median of 42% say the U.S. is the world’s leading economy, while 32% name China. But the economic balance of power has shifted in the eyes of some key U.S. allies and trading partners.
On June 27, 2017, Richard Wike, director of global attitudes research, presented new Pew Research Center findings on global views of the United States at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.
President Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe, and ratings for the U.S. have declined steeply in many nations.
When asked about the most pressing problems in their countries, people in sub-Saharan Africa often recite a familiar list of challenges: poverty, health care, education, corruption, and other difficult issues.
Ahead of that 'difficult' Xi summit, Americans' worries about U.S. debt, job losses and trade imbalances have eased, and their overall opinion of China has grown more positive.
Today, 44% of Americans have a favorable opinion of China, up from 2016. Yet, concerns about Chinese cyberattacks have risen and most Americans back using force to defend Asian allies against China
"America," wrote Hannah Arendt in 1954, "has been both the dream and the nightmare of Europe."
Governments seem to be getting poor reviews around much of the globe. In Western and non-Western nations, in the Global South and the Global North, disillusionment with politicians is widespread.
Many people in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya are concerned about their countries' political and economic systems. Yet, there is considerable optimism about the future.
Even in Era of Disillusionment, Many Around the World Say Ordinary Citizens Can Influence Government
A nine-country survey on the strengths and limitations of civic engagement illustrates, there is a common perception that government is run for the benefit of the few, rather than the many.
The Chinese people recognize their country's growing prominence in Asia and the world. However, concern remains over corruption and other domestic issues.
The refugee crisis and the threat of terrorism are very much related in the minds of many Europeans. Across the EU there are also sharp ideological divides on views about minorities, diversity and national identity.
Rising public anger and spread of populism around the Continent has not resulted in return of anti-Americanism.
As he nears the end of his presidency, Barack Obama continues to enjoy a broad degree of international popularity.
Germany is far from the only country currently drawing ire from free speech advocates. Globally, threats to free speech are on the rise.
Although many observers have documented a global decline in democratic rights in recent years, people around the world nonetheless embrace fundamental democratic values, including free expression. A new Pew Research Center survey finds that majorities in nearly all 38 nations polled say it is at least somewhat important to live in a country with free […]
As the world sets new development goals, sub-Saharan Africans see hope and challenges ahead -- and say they still need aid.
Most people in China say they are better off financially than they were five years ago. At the same time, they're worried about corrupt officials, air and water pollution, crime and economic inequality.
As the United Nations prepares to ratify new global development goals, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that people in major sub-Saharan African nations are feeling more optimistic about the future than many others around the world. Having experienced relatively high rates of economic growth in recent years, African publics are more likely than […]
Americans see a number of economic threats from China, but they are also worried about cyberattacks, Bejing's human rights record, China's impact on the environment and its growing military strength.
Ratings for the U.S. remain mostly positive, with a global median of 69% expressing a favorable view. Countries also express broad support for America's military efforts against ISIS, but are critical of the U.S. government's use of torture after 9/11.