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.
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.
Enshrined in the Bill of Rights, free expression is a bedrock American principle, and Americans tend to express stronger support for free expression than many others around the world.
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.
The United States and its European allies have maintained a strong transatlantic relationship for more than half a century, even if Americans and Europeans have not always seen eye-to-eye on foreign policy issues.
Many favor looking inward to focus on domestic issues, while others question whether commitments to allies should take precedence over national interests.