New economic figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development showed an increase in public spending among developed countries during the global financial crisis, but a survey of European nations indicated publics were now looking to ratchet it down.
Although China's trade ties with and economic influence on its Asian and Pacific Rim neighbors are greater than ever, that's doesn't automatically translate into warmer feelings toward the People's Republic among publics in the region.
New OECD composite leading economic indicators suggest that Chinese and Brazilians face disappointment with their economies in the months ahead, while many Europeans, Japanese and Americans may be pleasantly surprised.
The first read on each quarter's GDP growth is eagerly anticipated by economists, forecasters and pundits of all stripes. But those numbers are almost certain to be revised; their true value lies in what they say about the U.S. economy's overall direction.
Four years after the recession officially ended, the economic recovery remains a long way off in the view of many Americans. And opinions of economic conditions have slipped back to levels from earlier this year.
Fewer than one in five Americans rate the U.S. economy as "excellent" or "good"
The public is paying far closer attention to news about the gun control debate than news about threats from North Korea or the debate over immigration policy.
As federal spending cuts take effect and the stock market has reached record highs, the public continues to say they are hearing a mix of good and bad news about the economy.
The good news about housing and financial markets is counterbalanced by persistently negative views of news about gas prices and prices for food and consumer goods.
Just 15% of Democrats say recent economic news is mostly bad, down from 31% a month ago and among the lowest percentages over the last four years. Six-in-ten Republicans (60%) say news about the economy is mostly bad, as do 36% of independents.