International understanding is increasingly important as the global marketplace grows, economies and financial systems become interconnected, and the rapid movement of ideas and trends through social media brings the world closer together. Pew works across the globe to conduct public opinion surveys on a broad array of subjects ranging from people’s assessments of their own lives to their views about the current state of the world and important issues of the day. This work includes numerous major reports on topics such as attitudes toward American foreign policy, globalization, terrorism, and democracy.

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  • Is Laziness the Cause of Economic Inequality?

    • October 22, 2014

    When offered the chance to choose one out of six different causes for inequality -- government economic policies, workers' pay, the educational system, trade, the tax system and the poor's work ethic -- people around the world generally agree that the gap between the rich and the poor is a product of failed government policies and inadequate wages. Read More

  • Greatest Dangers in the World

    • October 16, 2014

    Our 2014 Global Attitudes survey in 44 countries asked which among five dangers was considered to be the “greatest threat to the world.” Many in the Middle East said religious and ethnic hatred was the greatest threat, while Europeans tended to choose inequality. Africans are more concerned with AIDS and other infectious diseases, while scattered countries, many with good reason, chose the spread of nuclear weapons or pollution and environmental problems as the top danger. Read More

  • Middle Easterners See Religious and Ethnic Hatred as Top Global Threat

    • October 16, 2014

    Publics across the globe see the threat of religious and ethnic violence as a growing threat to the world’s future, with concern especially strong in the Middle East. Read More

  • Tunisian Confidence in Democracy Wanes

    • October 15, 2014

    With parliamentary elections approaching later this month, Tunisian support for democracy has declined steeply since the early days of the Arab Spring. Just 48% of Tunisians now say democracy is preferable to other kinds of government, down from 63% in a 2012 poll conducted only months after a popular uprising removed longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from office. Read More

  • Emerging and Developing Economies Much More Optimistic than Rich Countries about the Future

    • October 9, 2014

    As they continue to struggle with the effects of the Great Recession, most people in advanced economies are pessimistic about the financial prospects of the next generation. In contrast, emerging and developing nations are more optimistic that the next generation will have a higher standard of living. Read More