Some Americans clearly long for a more avowedly religious and explicitly Christian country, a March survey finds. However, a clear majority of Americans do not accept these views.
Wide majorities in most of the 17 advanced economies surveyed say having people of many different backgrounds improves their society, but most also see conflicts between partisan, racial and ethnic groups.
Germany’s pandemic response and its role in the EU are also rated positively.
During Merkel’s tenure, Germans have generally had more favorable views of their economy than other Europeans and Americans had of their own.
A median of 67% in 17 publics express a favorable opinion of the UN, compared with a median of 29% who have an unfavorable opinion.
There is minimal praise from other societies for how the United States and China are handling climate change.
Citizens offer mixed reviews of how their societies have responded to climate change, and many question the efficacy of international efforts to stave off a global environmental crisis.
Those on the political right are more likely to say there should have been fewer public activity restrictions during the COVID-19 outbreak.
17% of the global population could be considered middle income in 2020. Most people were either low income (51%) or poor (10%).
Despite an uptick in positive views of the economy in some places, many say that children will be worse off financially than their parents.