Pope Francis, leader of the world’s nearly 1.1 billion Catholics, enjoys broad support across much of the globe. A median of 60% across 43 nations have a favorable view of the pontiff.
Publics in emerging nations now rival those in advanced economies in their self-reported well-being.
In recent decades, no incumbents from the 10 Latin American countries in South America have lost bids for re-election.
Despite public frustration, the late Hugo Chávez’s successor as president, Nicolás Maduro, continues to enjoy as much public support as the political opposition.
Mexican President Peña Nieto's positive image is faltering amid decidedly unpopular economic reforms. Six-in-ten Mexicans are dissatisfied with their country’s economy and most remain unhappy with the direction of their country.
Venezuelans have very different views of two of the nation’s most important trade partners: the United States and Cuba.
As Brazil prepares to host the World Cup, global views of the country are generally favorable, with especially high ratings among young people around the world.
The national mood in Brazil is grim, following a year of public protests, concerns about rising prices and skepticism about the benefits of hosting the World Cup. Crime, health care and political corruption are also widely viewed as major problems.
Europeans are consistently more liberal than Latin Americans, Asians, Africans, and Middle Easterners when it comes to judging what things are morally acceptable or not.
President Obama meets with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts at a time when the U.S. public has a positive view of Canada, but more lukewarm feelings toward Mexico.