Politics is perception, especially at this stage of a campaign.
America is seen in South Asia as a power in decline, a perception fueled by the Afghan War.
Another interesting issue deals with certain cultures' perception of beauty.
late 14c., "receiving, collection," from Latin perceptionem (nominative perceptio) "perception, apprehension, a taking," from percipere "perceive" (see perceive). First used in the more literal sense of the Latin word; in secondary sense, "the taking cognizance of," it is recorded in English from 1610s. Meaning "intuitive or direct recognition of some innate quality" is from 1827.
perception per·cep·tion (pər-sěp'shən)
The process, act, or faculty of perceiving.
Recognition and interpretation of sensory stimuli based chiefly on memory.