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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

July 30, 2018 What do Americans really think about the U.S.-EU trade tiff? Special to the Washington Post Former British prime minister Harold Macmillan once trenchantly observed that: “Jaw, jaw is better than war, war.” The announcement on July 25 by President Trump and European Union President Jean-Claude Juncker that the United States and the European Union would work together to reduce tariffs and other trade barriers was a tacit acknowledgment of […]
July 26, 2018 How has populism disrupted the left-right divide in Western Europe? Director of Global Attitudes Research Richard Wike presented findings addressing the question of “How has populism disrupted the left-right divide in Western Europe?"
July 18, 2018 Unemployment rate in EU countries, 2000-2018 Explore interactive charts on unemployment rates in the 28 countries that make up the European Union.
July 16, 2018 The Roots of Modern Nationalism and the Populist Backlash Director of Global Economic Attitudes Bruce Stokes presented findings from various Pew Research Center public opinion surveys on the roots of modern nationalism and the rise of populism in Europe and the United States at the Aspen Ministers Forum on June 25-27 in Versailles, France. The forum is an annual gathering of former foreign ministers chaired by […]
July 12, 2018 First They Came for the Immigrants. Then They Came for the Robots. Special to Foreign Policy The phrase “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet” has been used as the title of several pop songs and a French film. It could also aptly describe the future of politics across the globe as the twin specters of nationalism and populism intensify and people grapple with the social and economic impacts of […]
July 12, 2018 In Western Europe, Populist Parties Tap Anti-Establishment Frustration but Have Little Appeal Across Ideological Divide Regardless of populist sentiments, people in Western Europe tend to favor parties that reflect their own ideological orientation. With regard to policy, too, ideology continues to matter.
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.