July 16, 2018 | By James Drimalla

Bleak Outlook on US-Russia Relations

After their summit in Helsinki, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin claimed “deeply productive dialogue” and tried to change the negative narrative surrounding US-Russia relations. In contrast, a new joint report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Levada Analytical Center cite numerous Russian and US experts that see little hope for relations between the countries in the near future. The report discusses the origins of mistrust on both sides and how current policies and leaders have exacerbated the issue. Experts from both Russia and the US are skeptical of future cooperation—including standard issues—but stressed the importance of attempts to collaborate in areas like arms control, nonproliferation, and counterterrorism. Read more in the Council’s report: US-Russia Experts Paint a Dim Picture of Bilateral Relations Before Summit.


The Chicago Council on Global Affairs highlights critical shifts in American public thinking on US foreign policy through public opinion surveys and research conducted under the Lester Crown Center on US Foreign Policy. 

The annual Chicago Council Survey, first conducted in 1974, is a valuable resource for policymakers, academics, media, and the general public. The Council also surveys American leaders in government, business, academia, think tanks, and religious organizations biennially to compare trends in their thinking with overall trends. And collaborating with partner organizations, the survey team periodically conducts parallel surveys of public opinion in other regions of the world to compare with US public opinion. 

The Running Numbers blog features regular commentary and analysis from the Council’s public opinion and US foreign policy research team, including a series of flash polls of a select group of foreign policy experts to assess their opinions on critical foreign policy topics driving the news.


| By Craig Kafura, Brendan Helm, Giulia Shaughnessy, Charlie Rahr, Samantha Yi

Global Public Opinion and the Coronavirus: August 19

Nations around the world struggle to safely reopen as the coronavirus continues to infect thousands of people. This week's global public opinion update on the COVID-19 pandemic covers the United States, Japan, South Korea, Canada, France, the UK, Italy, and Israel.

| By Charlie Rahr

What do Americans think of QAnon?

Despite extensive media coverage, support for the conspiracy theory may not be as strong as believed. 

| By Karl Friedhoff

South Koreans Becoming More Accepting of LGBTQ Community

A recent COVID-19 outbreak in Seoul stemming from a nightlife district popular with expats and the LGBTQ community brought unwarranted criticism from Korean media and conservative groups. This blog looks at Korean public opinion on the LGBTQ community and finds a shift towards growing acceptance.