87% of Chinese said they were satisfied with the way things were going in their country. 28% of Egyptians said the same, compared with 69% of Egyptians who were dissatisfied with their country's direction.
—Pew Research Center, March 2012
62: percent of Americans who said they believed the US would achieve its goals in Afghanistan after Osama bin Laden was killed, a 13 percent jump since December 2010.
59: percent of Americans who said the US had accomplished its mission and should bring the troops home; 36 percent say there is still more important work to do and troop levels should be maintained.
2009 marked the fourth consecutive year in which democracy suffered a decline—the longest consecutive period of setbacks in the nearly 40-year history of the report.
—Freedom House, 2010
82% of Egyptians hold an unfavorable view of the United States. That's higher than in Pakistan, higher than in Jordan, higher than 18 other nations Pew surveyed. 72% of Egyptians who have an unfavorable view of al Qaeda.
—The Examiner, Jan. 2011
32,312: number of messages per second on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter alternative, during the Chinese New Year, smashing Twitter’s record by 7,000.
—TIME, Feb. 2012
72% of Russians say they have a favorable view of Vladimir Putin 62% hold a positive opinion of Dmitri Medvedev
—Pew Research Center, May 2012
Pakistanis surveyed a week after the US operation that killed Osama bin Laden: 64 percent said they disapproved10 percent approved23 percent were still unaware of the incident3 percent did not have an opinion
Fewer than 4 in 10 Americans, 39 percent, say bin Laden's death makes them feel “a lot more confident” that the US can succeed in the war against Islamic terrorism.
A survey of 2,500 Arab youth in 12 Middle Eastern countries found that the youth in all of them unequivocally placed being paid a fair wage as their top priority, above living in a democracy and receiving reliable healthcare, the top two priorities in 2011.
—The Jerusalem Post, May 2012
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