Global Politics

Global Views on Nationalism & Societal Polarization

December 2023

Report summary

Morning Consult’s Global Topical Outlook series provides biannual snapshots of the current state of global sentiment on key issues at the intersection of politics and economics across 18 of the world’s largest markets.

Corporate executives, risk management and financial services professionals, insurers, and public sector entities rely on our topical reports to understand how public opinion is trending across key issue areas, and plan accordingly.

This installment explores global sentiment regarding societal polarization and nationalism in 2023.

Key Issues Covered Include:

  • Global trends in societal trust and perspectives on immigration,
  • Levels of national pride, with a focus on recent developments in Argentina and South Africa, and
  • Support for isolationism, spotlighting public sentiment in China.


Sampling and data collection

This report relies on data collected through Morning Consult’s proprietary survey research capabilities. Data comes from monthly surveys conducted among representative samples of roughly 1,000 adults per country, with unweighted margins of error of +/-3 percentage points. All interviews are conducted online. Surveys field during the second half of the indicated month.

Data is weighted to approximate representative samples of adults in each country surveyed. Weighting parameters vary by country.

Consult our Global Political Intelligence Methodology Primer for additional details on sampling and data collection procedures, weighting and representativeness, margins of error, and question wording.

Cross-country averaging

All cross-country trend lines presented in this report derive from simple averages.

Heatmap values

For heatmaps indicating percentage point changes, values ranging from -0.5 to +0.5 are denoted as “<0.5.” Corresponding heatmap color-coding indicates whether the change is positive or negative, with green cells indicating a positive change and pink cells indicating a negative one.

About the author

A headshot photograph of Scott Moskowitz
Scott Moskowitz
Senior Analyst, APAC

Scott Moskowitz is senior analyst for the Asia-Pacific region at Morning Consult, where he leads geopolitical analysis of China and broader regional issues. Scott holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University and has years of experience working in and conducting Mandarin-language research on China, with an emphasis on the politics of economic development and consumerism. Follow him on Twitter @ScottyMoskowitz. Interested in connecting with Scott to discuss his analysis or for a media engagement or speaking opportunity? Email [email protected].