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

June 19, 2018 Explore global rates of internet use, smartphone ownership and social media use over time This sortable table provides data for levels of internet use, smartphone ownership and social media usage from 2013 to 2017 by country.
June 19, 2018 Social Media Use Continues to Rise in Developing Countries but Plateaus Across Developed Ones As people in advanced economies reach the upper bounds of internet penetration, the digital divide continues to narrow between wealthy and developing countries.
June 4, 2018 OECD Forum 2018 Thought Leader Survey At the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s annual Economic Forum on May 29, 2018, Director of Global Economic Attitudes Bruce Stokes presented findings from a Pew Research Center survey of OECD Economic Forum attendees. The invitation-only online survey, which focused on views of economic conditions, faith in the multilateral system and the future of work, was […]
May 29, 2018 Why Europeans Turned Against Trump Special to The Atlantic With the Trump administration’s recent withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the already rocky relationship between the United States and its European allies has become even more tenuous. For many Europeans, Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Iran accord crystallizes what they dislike about his approach to […]
May 23, 2018 A Fundamental Challenge to U.S. Leadership Abroad Special to RealClear World In the weeks ahead, and in the wake of Washington visits by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, there is much at stake for the United States and its key allies in Europe. The U.S. decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal raises questions about future […]
May 17, 2018 Fact Sheets: News Media and Political Attitudes in Western Europe Findings about news media views and habits in Western Europe from a survey about media, political attitudes and populist views in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
May 14, 2018 Western Europeans who hold populist views rate the news media less positively than those with non-populist views Ratings on how well the media perform on several core functions, like investigating the actions of the government and getting the facts right, differ between those who hold populist views and those who do not.
May 14, 2018 Ideological placement of news outlets in Western Europe Explore where users of news outlets in eight Western European countries place these outlets on a left-right spectrum, based on their perception of their ideological leanings.