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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.

Recent Work

May 5, 2021 Appendix B: Classifying European political parties

Although experts generally agree that populist political leaders or parties display high levels of anti-elitism, definitions of populism vary. We use three measures to classify populist parties: anti-elite ratings from the 2019 Chapel Hill Expert Survey (CHES), Norris’ Global Party Survey and The PopuList. We define a party as populist when at least two of […]

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May 5, 2021 Appendix A: About the focus groups

Pew Research Center conducted a series of focus groups to better understand national identity and globalization. We conducted 26 focus groups from Aug. 19 to Nov. 20, 2019 in cities across the U.S. and UK, grouped by political and geographic attributes as described below in the table (for more, see the methodology). All groups were asked […]

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May 5, 2021 Methodology

About Pew Research Center’s Fall 2020 Global Attitudes Survey Results for the survey are based on telephone interviews conducted under the direction of Gallup and Abt Associates. The results are based on national samples, unless otherwise noted. More details about our international survey methodology and country-specific sample designs are available here.

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May 5, 2021 Acknowledgments

This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals.    Laura Silver, Senior ResearcherMoira Fagan, Research AnalystAidan Connaughton, Research AssistantMara Mordecai, Research Assistant        James Bell, Vice President, Global StrategyAlexandra Castillo, Research MethodologistStefan S. Cornibert, Communications Manager       Claudia Deane, Vice President, Research    Kat Devlin, Research AssociateJanell Fetterolf, Research AssociateShannon Greenwood, Digital […]

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May 5, 2021 6. Tradition vs. change

In every country surveyed, more say their country will be better off in the future if it is open to changes regarding its traditions and way of life than say their country will be better off sticking to its traditions. This ranges from a high of 68% in the UK who are open to changes […]

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May 5, 2021 5. National pride and shame

Publics are split when it comes to personal feelings of pride, shame or both for their country. Only in Germany do roughly half (53%) say they feel proud of their country most of the time. In France and the UK, roughly equal shares of the public say they are proud of their countries as say […]

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May 5, 2021 4. Political correctness and offensive speech

In all three European countries surveyed, respondents are closely divided over whether people today are too easily offended or whether people should be careful what they say to avoid offending others. However, only four-in-ten Americans think people should be careful what they say to avoid offending others, with a majority (57%) saying people today are […]

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May 5, 2021 3. Discrimination in society

About eight-in-ten Americans say there is a lot or some discrimination against Muslims in their society, and two-thirds or more in the UK, Germany and France agree. In every country but Germany, significantly more say there is discrimination against Muslims than say the same of Jews. In Germany, 64% say Jews are discriminated against – […]

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