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

December 6, 2018 Image of Putin, Russia Suffers Internationally

People around the world broadly think Russia plays a more important role in international affairs than it did a decade ago. But increased stature does not mean being better liked.

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November 12, 2018 Despite Rising Economic Confidence, Japanese See Best Days Behind Them and Say Children Face a Bleak Future

Japanese feel better about their economy than at any time in nearly two decades. But they also believe average people are worse off than before the Great Recession and worry about their children's futures.

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October 25, 2018 Trust in the Digital Era

Senior Researcher Jacob Poushter presented findings on social media use around the world, international views on the future of work, and trust in technology companies among Americans at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, DC on October 24, 2018. The event was co-hosted by the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. The presentation is based on […]

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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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