Americans have strongly favorable views of some allies and negative opinions about a range of others. Some of this is driven by U.S. partisan politics. And history suggests all such opinions are subject to change.
President Obama said the inclusion of openly gay athletes in the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia underscores American values. Obama and his administration had been viewed positively by LGBT Americans even before this most recent expression of support for LGBT rights.
The UN Climate Change Conference convened today in Warsaw with a call for governments to reach an agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The talks begin against a public opinion backdrop in which fewer Americans see global climate change as a major threat than do people in most other regions.
Women in Saudi Arabia are planning a nationwide protest on October 26 intended to end the longstanding ban on female driving. When it comes to Saudi Arabia's record on protecting personal freedoms, the kingdom has a poor reputation among most of 39 nations surveyed this spring.
China today will undergo its second Universal Periodic Review of its human rights record by the United Nations Human Rights Council at a time when a survey shows that few publics around the world believe the nation respects the liberties of its citizens.
News that the Turkish government may have revealed the secret identities of 10 Iranian spies who had been meeting inside Turkey with the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad comes against the backdrop of surveys that show a mutual feeling of distrust among these two important regional players.
The Obama administration reportedly is planning to curb U.S. military aid to Egypt, a move that many Americans would support, according to a Pew Research poll conducted in August.
President Obama’s decision to cancel his trip to the Pacific Rim economic summit because of the political battle at home over the budget and debt ceiling comes at a time when publics in the region have mixed views about the U.S. and China.
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to visit President Obama at the White House on Monday, Americans and Israelis continue to hold each other in high regard.
The case of Bo Xilai, sentenced last weekend to life imprisonment, highlights an increasing central issue in Chinese politics: political corruption.