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

March 31, 2021 Appendix B: 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 2019 Chapel Hill Expert Survey (CHES), Norris’ Global Party Survey and The PopuList. We define a party as populist when at least two of […]

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March 31, 2021 Appendix A: About the focus groups

Pew Research Center conducted a series of focus groups to better understand national identity and globalization. We conducted 26 focus groups from Aug. 19 to Nov. 20, 2019, in cities across the United States and United Kingdom, grouped by political and geographic attributes as described below in the table (for more, see the methodology). All groups […]

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March 31, 2021 Methodology

About Pew Research Center’s Fall 2020 Global Attitudes Survey Results for the survey are based on telephone 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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March 31, 2021 Acknowledgments

This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Richard Wike, Director, Global Attitudes ResearchLaura Silver, Senior ResearcherShannon Schumacher, Research AssociateAidan Connaughton, Research Assistant James Bell, Vice President, Global StrategyAlexandra Castillo, Research MethodologistStefan S. Cornibert, Communications ManagerClaudia Deane, Vice President, Research    Kat Devlin, Research AssociateMoira Fagan, Research AnalystJanell Fetterolf, […]

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March 31, 2021 Many in U.S., Western Europe Say Their Political System Needs Major Reform

In the U.S., concerns about political corruption are especially widespread. Two-in-three Americans agree that the phrase “most politicians are corrupt” describes their country well.

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March 18, 2021 Methodology

The starting point for the analysis is household survey-based estimates of regional income distributions from the World Bank’s PovcalNet database. The global regions are as defined by the World Bank. In this report, “advanced economies” refers to the group of countries listed as “other high income” by the World Bank. These data were used to […]

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March 18, 2021 Acknowledgments

This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Rakesh Kochhar, Senior Researcher            Kim Parker, Director, Social Trends Research                                 Richard Wike, Director, Global Attitudes Research                         James Bell, Vice President, Global Strategies                                  J.J. Moncus, Research Assistant                               Aidan Connaughton, Research Assistant                  David Kent, Senior Copy Editor                                Travis Mitchell, Digital Producer                              […]

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March 18, 2021 The Pandemic Stalls Growth in the Global Middle Class, Pushes Poverty Up Sharply

The global middle class consisted of 54 million fewer people in 2020 than the number projected prior to the onset of the pandemic.

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