Indians dissatisfied with direction of country
February 27th, 2014
10:41 AM ET

Indians dissatisfied with direction of country

By Bruce Stokes, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Bruce Stokes is director of global economic attitudes at the Pew Research Center. The views expressed are his own.

Nations periodically have “change” elections. The outcome of the 1980 U.S. presidential contest, in which Ronald Reagan trounced then President Jimmy Carter, was attributable to many factors. But at the end of the day, Americans just wanted a change.

India may be heading for a similar such election when the public goes to the polls later this spring to elect a new parliament and government.

A new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that seven-in-ten Indians are dissatisfied with the way things are going in their country today. And, by a margin of more than three-to-one, they would prefer the right-of-center, Hindu nationalist opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to lead the next Indian government, rather than the current governing coalition led by the left-of-center Indian National Congress party.

Of course, much can happen between now and election day. But the Indian public is clearly disgruntled and seems to be ready to embrace someone new.

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Topics: India • Poll
August 30th, 2013
01:32 PM ET

Does public care about U.N. blessing over Syria?

By Bruce Stokes, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Bruce Stokes is the director of global economic attitudes at the Pew Research Center.  The views expressed are his own.

In the debate over whether the United States and one or more of its NATO allies should launch a military strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over its alleged use of chemical weapons, much has been made of the need for multilateral sanction for such an effort, either by the U.N. Security Council or NATO.

One rationale for seeking multilateral backing is a legal one. The U.N. charter preempts the use of military force except in self-defense or with Security Council approval. But there is precedent for a military strike without U.N. authorization. In 1999 the U.S. and its NATO allies bombed Serbia for 78 days in an ultimately successful effort to force the government of Slobodan Milosevic to withdraw from Kosovo. And in 1998, Washington launched missile strikes against al Qaeda targets in Sudan and Afghanistan. Neither action had the blessing of the Security Council.

A second rationale is to provide multilateral political cover for what would be effectively largely a unilateral military action by the United States. However, public opinion data suggest that such cover may be quite thin. Only in Europe is there widespread support for the principle of obtaining U.N. authorization before taking action to deal with international threats. And public faith in NATO among its members is waning.

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Topics: Poll • Syria • United States
April 12th, 2012
03:44 PM ET

Poll: Should the U.S. strike Iran's nuclear facilities?

This is not a scientific poll.

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Topics: Iran • Military • Poll
March 15th, 2012
09:48 AM ET

Poll: Would you work at Goldman Sachs?

(This is not a scientific poll)

Yesterday, former Goldman Sachs employee Greg Smith published a New York Times op-ed entitled Why I'm Leaving Goldman Sachs.  He argued that, essentially, the company prided itself in ripping off its own clients. Here's a quote from Smith: FULL POST

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Topics: Poll
March 13th, 2012
03:14 PM ET

Poll: Afghanistan war worth fighting?

(This is not a scientific poll)

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Topics: Afghanistan • Poll
March 5th, 2012
05:00 AM ET

Poll: Arm the Syrian opposition?

(This is not a scientific poll)

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Topics: Military • Poll • Syria
March 3rd, 2012
04:50 PM ET

Poll: Should the U.S. strike Iran's nuclear facilities?

(This is not a scientific poll.)

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Topics: Iran • Poll
Americans continue to tilt pro-Israel
Gallup.com
March 3rd, 2012
04:47 PM ET

Americans continue to tilt pro-Israel

By Elizabeth Mendes, Gallup.com

The large majority of Americans continue to view Israel favorably, while far fewer say they view the Palestinian Authority or Iran very or mostly favorably.

These data are from Gallup's annual World Affairs survey, conducted each February since 2001. The Feb. 2-5, 2012, survey asked Americans to rate a list of more than 20 countries. Iran ranked at the very bottom, the Palestinian Authority was several spots higher up, and Israel was much closer to the top of the list. FULL POST

Topics: Iran • Israel • Palestinian Authority • Poll
February 18th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

Should Israel strike Iran's nuclear facilities?


This is not a scientific poll.

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Topics: Iran • Israel • Military • Poll
February 17th, 2012
09:29 AM ET

Should the U.S. negotiate with the Taliban?

This is not a scientific poll.

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Topics: Poll • Taliban
February 10th, 2012
02:12 PM ET

Should NATO intervene in Syria?

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Topics: Poll • Syria
Gingrich erases Romney's national lead
January 24th, 2012
10:45 AM ET

Gingrich erases Romney's national lead

By Frank Newport, Gallup.com

Newt Gingrich has all but erased Mitt Romney's 23-percentage-point lead of a week ago among Republican voters nationally, and the two candidates are now essentially tied, at 29% for Romney and 28% for Gingrich. Ron Paul and Rick Santorum have significantly lower levels of support, at 13% and 11%, respectively.

Romney held a 23-point lead over Gingrich as recently as Jan. 11-15. Thus, in a matter of one week, Republicans who are registered to vote have shifted their support substantially - with Romney dropping 8 points and Gingrich gaining 14 points. The latest Gallup tracking update covers Jan. 18-22, encompassing Gingrich's come-from-behind 12-point victory over Romney in Saturday's South Carolina Republican primary. Gingrich began to gain on Romney well before Saturday's vote, however, most likely reflecting his performance in the two nationally televised debates held in South Carolina last Monday and Thursday. FULL POST

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Topics: 2012 Election • Poll
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