Many who use social media say they regularly see false or misleading content, but also view these platforms as offering new avenues for political engagement.
Our Global Indicators Database serves as a repository of data on global views about international and domestic politics, economics and other topics.
People see diversity and gender equality increasing in their countries but say family ties have weakened. Views on the importance of religion vary widely.
Access to mobile phones and social media is common across emerging economies. People around the world see certain benefits from these technologies, yet there are also concerns about their impact on children.
The global economic mood has improved in recent years, yet pessimism remains. Global publics are accepting of trade yet skeptical of its benefits.
At a time of rising tensions between their countries, people in the United States and Germany express increasingly divergent views about the status of their decades-long partnership.
People in advanced and emerging economies generally agree that growing trade and business ties with other nations are good for their country, but fewer are convinced such ties lead to more jobs, higher wages or lower prices at home.
Overall, 38% of Americans have a favorable opinion of China, down slightly from 44% in 2017. Concerns about China include economic threats, cyberattacks, environmental damage and human rights.
Views of Mexico are mixed: While 39% say they feel “warmly” toward Mexico, 34% feel “coldly,” and 26% are neutral, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The public has much warmer feelings toward Canada. Two-thirds (67%) say they feel warmly toward Canada, with 52% giving it a very warm rating (76 or higher on the scale). Just 12% feel coldly toward Canada.
Americans’ views of the new tariffs between the United States and some of its trading partners tilt more negative than positive.