Family is preeminent for most publics but work, material well-being and health also play a key role.
Dissatisfaction with the functioning of democracy is linked to concerns about the economy, the pandemic and social divisions.
Germany’s pandemic response and its role in the EU are also rated positively.
Those on the political right are more likely to say there should have been fewer public activity restrictions during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Canadian views of their own country’s and their southern neighbor’s handling of the pandemic have shifted considerably in the past year.
Among 17 publics surveyed, those in Japan report the most negative assessment of how their country has handled the pandemic.
Majorities across much of Western Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region have a favorable view of the European Union.
Publics disagree about whether restrictions on public activity, such as stay-at-home orders or mandates to wear masks in public, have gone far enough to combat COVID-19.
The U.S. receives relatively poor marks compared with other countries and organizations when it comes to dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.
The course of the pandemic in India and China will have a substantial effect on changes in the distribution of income at the global level.