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.

Recent Work

October 18, 2018 Liberal Democracy’s Crisis of Confidence

Special to the Journal of Democracy Liberal democracy is experiencing a crisis of confidence. Scholars and pundits may disagree about the nature and depth of the problem, but few would argue that nothing is amiss. Commentators decry an increasingly familiar list of trends, including weakening civil liberties, eroding democratic norms, rising nativism, and growing support […]

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October 17, 2018 Many Around the World Are Disengaged From Politics

Aside from voting, relatively few people take part in other forms of political and civic participation. But a 14-country survey finds that some could be motivated to participate on issues like health care, poverty and education.

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October 9, 2018 How African countries compare with others in internet use, mobile phone ownership, smartphone ownership and social media use

This sortable table provides data for levels of internet use, cellphone ownership, smartphone ownership and social media usage from 2013 to 2017 by country, highlighting the countries surveyed in sub-Saharan Africa.

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October 9, 2018 Internet Connectivity Seen as Having Positive Impact on Life in Sub-Saharan Africa

Most in the region feel positively about the role the internet plays in their countries, but long-standing digital divides between internet haves and have-nots persist.

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October 1, 2018 Trump’s International Ratings Remain Low, Especially Among Key Allies

Donald Trump’s international image remains poor, and ratings for the U.S. have declined since his election. Yet most people around the world still want the U.S., not China, as the world's leading power.

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September 26, 2018 Americans, Like Many in Other Advanced Economies, Not Convinced of Trade’s Benefits

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.

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September 18, 2018 A decade of migration across Mediterranean to Europe’s shores

Monthly number of migrant detections by sea (January 2009 to August 2018), by route

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