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

September 21, 2020 Appendix: Classifying European political parties

Classifying parties as populist 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 […]

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September 21, 2020 Methodology

About Pew Research Center’s Summer 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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September 21, 2020 Acknowledgments

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

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September 21, 2020 3. Characteristics of the United Nations

In each of the 14 countries polled in 2020, majorities credit the United Nations with promoting human rights and peace. However, the organization’s reputation for resolving international problems or caring about ordinary people is not as consistently positive. Only about half overall (median of 51%) say the UN deals effectively with global issues. Doubts are […]

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September 21, 2020 1. Views on international cooperation

In the countries surveyed, people generally agree that it is important to take other countries’ interests into account when dealing with major international issues, even if it means making compromises. A median of 58% agree that their country should take other countries’ interests into account. Clear majorities hold this view in 10 of the 14 […]

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September 21, 2020 2. United Nations and World Health Organization receive positive ratings across most countries

When asked about overall views of the United Nations, a median of 63% across 14 countries hold a favorable view of the organization, while 33% hold an unfavorable view. In every European country surveyed, majorities are positive toward the organization, ranging from 59% in Belgium to 80% in Denmark. Majorities in Canada and the U.S. […]

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September 21, 2020 International Cooperation Welcomed Across 14 Advanced Economies

The United Nations is broadly credited with promoting peace and human rights as younger adults are more supportive of cooperation with other countries.

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