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

February 27, 2020 Methodology

Results for the survey are based on telephone and face-to-face 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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February 27, 2020 Acknowledgments

This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Richard Wike, Director, Global Attitudes Research Shannon Schumacher, Research Associate James Bell, Vice President, Global Strategy Alexandra Castillo, Research Associate Jeremiah Cha, Research Assistant Aidan Connaughton, Research Assistant Stefan S. Cornibert, Communications Manager Claudia Deane, Vice President, Research Kat […]

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February 27, 2020 Appendix: 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 2017 Chapel Hill Expert Survey (CHES), Inglehart and Norris’s populism party scale and The PopuList. We define a party as populist when at least […]

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February 27, 2020 3. Satisfaction with democracy

Discontent with the way democracy is working is common in many nations around the world. Across 34 countries surveyed, a median of 52% are dissatisfied with the way their democracy is functioning, compared with 44% who are satisfied. However, views vary across and within regions. For example, roughly two-thirds or more are satisfied with the […]

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February 27, 2020 2. Attitudes toward elected officials, voting and the state

In regions around the globe, many ordinary citizens believe politicians do not listen to them. Across the 34 countries surveyed, a median of 64% disagree with the statement “most elected officials care what people like me think.” The most positive reviews for elected officials are found in Southeast Asia, among Indonesians and Filipinos. There are […]

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February 27, 2020 1. Attitudes toward democratic rights and institutions

When it comes to institutional factors important to democracy, having a judicial system that treats everyone fairly was the value most likely to garner support across the countries surveyed. Across the 34 countries, a median of 82% say a fair judiciary is very important. Support is highest in Greece and Hungary (95%) and lowest in […]

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February 27, 2020 Democratic Rights Popular Globally but Commitment to Them Not Always Strong

Majorities say the democratic principles tested on our survey are at least somewhat important. But often, underwhelming percentages describe democratic rights and institutions as very important.

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February 10, 2020 Acknowledgments

This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Jacob Poushter, Associate Director, Global Attitudes Research Moira Fagan, Research Analyst James Bell, Vice President, Global Strategy Alexandra Castillo, Research Associate Jeremiah Cha, Research Assistant Aidan Connaughton, Research Assistant Stefan S. Cornibert, Communications Manager Claudia Deane, Vice President, Research […]

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