The Asia Foundation has released its polling survey of Afghans in Afghanistan in 2006.
A joint poll by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah examines Israelis’ and Palestinians’ attitudes on the conflict in the aftermath of the second war in Lebanon. It tracks both publics’ attitudes regarding the resumption of a political process and their assessments of the impact of the war on the propensity for further violence in the Israeli-Palestinian arena.
Khalil Shikaki, a leading Palestinian political expert, says recent polling among Palestinians shows most support Hamas’ refusal to recognize Israel in advance of negotiations, but a great majority indicate they would back a peace agreement setting up a two-state situation.
The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press conducted a poll: "Do you think the U.S. made the right decision or the wrong decision in using military force against Iraq?" The sub-categories of participants are white evangelical Protestants, white mainline Protestants, white non-Hispanic Catholic, and secular.
The latest Afrobarometer poll shows that Africans strongly support democracy despite frustration in some countries with unfair elections, corruption, and unresponsive political leaders.
The German Marshall Fund of the United States has released Transatlantic Trends 2006,comparing public opinion in Europe and the United States.
This joint BBC/Reuters/Media Center poll shows that in much of the world, most notably in the developing world, people trust the media over their own governments. In the United States and Britain, however, the government had a higher trust rating than the media.
Snap elections in Thailand brought no clear end to the ongoing political turmoil, as embattled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's party failed to gain enough votes to form a new parliament.
In the aftermath of the Dubai ports deal, President Bush's approval rating has hit a new low and his image for honesty and effectiveness has been damaged. Yet the public uncharacteristically has good things to say about the role that Congress played in this high-profile Washington controversy.
Japan has actively contributed to the Bush administration's war on terrorism, going far beyond the financial support it provided during the first Gulf War in 1991 and testing the limits of postwar constitutional prohibitions on the deployment of military forces overseas. This has led some observers to suggest that Japan might be positioning itself to become a more active supporter of U.S. global strategy, a "Britain of Asia." This study from the East West Center challenges this view and finds that less has changed in Japan's overseas deployments than is often claimed.
The United States Institute of Peace published a report on Palestinian public opinion, concluding that Palestinian public opinion is not an impediment to progress in the peace process, and the Palestinian public has become more moderate. Palestinian willingness to compromise is greater than it has been at any time since the start of the peace process. Increased willingness to compromise provides policymakers with greater room to maneuver.
ABC, Time, and other media contributed to this effort, a poll of Iraqis on life in Iraq. Issues addressed include security, attitudes toward Coalition forces, democracy, and local conditions.