The 2010 Pew Global Attitudes survey found that roughly one-quarter (24%) of Brazilians say their nation is already one of the most powerful in the world, while 53% think it will eventually be among the most powerful. Only one-in-five say Brazil will never be one of the world’s leading powers. Brazilians also have an upbeat view of how their country is perceived abroad. Eight-in-ten believe people in other countries around the world generally like Brazil, while only 18% say Brazil is generally disliked. By contrast, Americans are among the least likely to hold this view of themselves – just 35% think the U.S. enjoys international popularity. At a time when global publics are mostly glum about the way things are going in their countries, half of Brazilians say they are satisfied with national conditions, and 62% say their nation’s economy is in good shape. Of the 21 other publics included in the 2010 survey, only the Chinese are more upbeat about their country’s overall direction and economic conditions. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.