Many Western Europeans think mandatory voting is important, but Americans are split
Around two-thirds of adults in Germany, France and the UK say it is important for their national government to make voting compulsory.
Views About National Identity Becoming More Inclusive in U.S., Western Europe
Large ideological divides persist on views of tradition, national pride and discrimination, especially in the U.S.
Ideological divisions over cultural issues are far wider in the U.S. than in the UK, France and Germany
Across 11 questions on cultural subjects, the gap between the left and right in the U.S. is wider than in the European countries surveyed.
People in U.S., Western Europe differ over what needs more fixing: Their nation’s political or economic system
Here are five key findings about people’s attitudes toward systemic reforms in the U.S., France, Germany and the UK.
Fewer jobs have been lost in the EU than in the U.S. during the COVID-19 downturn
Roughly 9.6 million U.S. workers lost their jobs during the COVID-19 downturn; only about 2.6 million EU workers lost jobs in this period.
Many in U.S., Western Europe Say Their Political System Needs Major Reform
In the U.S., concerns about political corruption are especially widespread. Two-in-three Americans agree that the phrase “most politicians are corrupt” describes their country well.
As Pandemic Continues, More in U.S. and Europe Feel Major Impact on Their Lives
The novel coronavirus continues to pose weighty challenges for people around the world.
British, French and German Publics Give Biden High Marks After U.S. Election
Most in all three countries are optimistic that U.S. policies and trans-Atlantic relations will improve under his presidency.
Views of Russia and Putin remain negative across 14 nations
A median of 66% of adults in 14 countries express an unfavorable view of Russia, with majorities in 12 of the countries holding that view.
Americans and Germans Head Into 2021 With Divergent Opinions on Transatlantic Alliance
As the U.S. and Germany prepare to gain new leadership, their relationship remains unbalanced in the minds of their citizenries. Americans see Germany as a partner on many foreign policy issues, but Germans mostly do not.
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