CommentaryJanuary 20, 2010

The Post-Communist Generation in the Former Eastern Bloc

Members of the post-communist generation offer much more positive evaluations of the political and economic changes their countries have undergone over the past two decades than do those who were adults when communism collapsed.

CommentaryJanuary 14, 2010

Ukraine’s National Election – a Problem of Democracy?

With an election approaching, Ukrainians are unhappy with conditions in their country, and most are frustrated with the way democracy is working.

CommentaryJanuary 12, 2010

Widespread Anti-Immigrant Sentiment in Italy

More than 1,000 immigrants have been evacuated from southern Italy after a recent wave of violence against African farm workers. Surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project find that anti-immigrant sentiment is widespread

MultimediaNovember 2, 2009

Public Opinion Two Decades After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Survey ReportsNovember 2, 2009

End of Communism Cheered but Now with More Reservations

Publics of former Iron Curtain countries generally look back approvingly at the collapse of communism. Majorities in most former Soviet republics and Eastern European countries endorse the emergence of democracy and capitalism. However, the initial enthusiasm about these changes has dimmed in most of the countries surveyed.

MultimediaJuly 23, 2009

U.S. Favorability in Western Europe

The image of the United States has improved markedly in most parts of the world reflecting global confidence in Barack Obama. In many countries, opinions of the U.S. are now about as positive as they were at the beginning of the decade before George W. Bush took office.

CommentaryMarch 5, 2009

Eastern Europe

A Crisis of Confidence in Capitalism?

CommentaryJanuary 15, 2009

European Worries About Reliance on Russian Energy Were Already High

by Erin Carriere-Kretschmer, Senior Research Associate, Pew Global Attitudes Project and Katie Holzwart, Research Analyst, Pew Global Attitudes Project As Russian and Ukrainian leaders squabbled over gas supplies in late 2008 and early 2009, Eastern Europeans farther down the pipeline went without heat. European Commissioner Jose Manuel Barroso called the dispute “most unacceptable and incredible,” […]

CommentaryOctober 30, 2008

Xenophobia on the Continent

(from The National Interest)

Survey ReportsSeptember 17, 2008

Unfavorable Views of Jews and Muslims on the Increase in Europe

Growing numbers of people in several major European countries say they have an unfavorable opinion of Jews, and opinions of Muslims also are more negative than they were several years ago. These findings are from a new Pew Global Attitudes Project report, based on data gathered from 24 countries from regions throughout the world, that examine worldwide religiosity and take a close look at Muslim publics’ attitudes toward terrorism, Osama bin Laden, Hamas, Hezbollah and more.

CommentaryJuly 16, 2008

Obamamania Abroad

The Candidate Can Expect a Warm Welcome in Europe, Not So in the Middle East

Survey ReportsJune 12, 2008

Global Economic Gloom – China and India Notable Exceptions

The latest Pew Global Attitudes survey finds some encouraging signs for America’s global image for the first time this decade. Although views of the United States remain negative in much of the world, favorable ratings have increased modestly since 2007 in 10 of 21 countries where comparative data are available. Many people around the world are paying close attention to the U.S. presidential election.

CommentaryFebruary 27, 2008

Putin’s Popularity Propels Chosen Successor in Russian Election

Russians Prefer Strength in Their Leader, Economy over Democracy

CommentaryJanuary 17, 2008

Italy’s Malaise: La Vita Non É Cosí Dolce

Italians’ Spirits Are Flagging – But Not Their Sense of Cultural Superiority

Survey ReportsJuly 24, 2007

A Rising Tide Lifts Mood in the Developing World

A 47-nation survey finds that as economic growth has surged in much of Latin America, East Europe and Asia over the past five years, people are expressing greater satisfaction with their personal lives, family incomes and national conditions. The picture is different in most advanced nations, where growth has been less robust and citizen satisfaction has changed little since 2002.

Survey ReportsJune 27, 2007

Global Unease With Major World Powers

A 47-nation survey finds global public opinion increasingly wary of the world’s dominant nations and disapproving of their leaders. Anti-Americanism is extensive, as it has been for the past five years. At the same time, the image of China has slipped significantly among the publics of other major nations.

CommentaryDecember 6, 2006

The Putin Popularity Score

Increasingly Reviled in the West, Russia’s Leader Enjoys Broad Support at Home

CommentaryNovember 20, 2006

Europeans Debate the Scarf and the Veil

Except in France, most Muslim women choose to cover their heads — but many among the general public disapprove

CommentaryAugust 17, 2006

The French-Muslim Connection

Is France Doing a Better Job of Integration than Its Critics?

CommentaryAugust 10, 2006

In Great Britain, Muslims Worry About Islamic Extremism

Concerns Pre-Date Airplane Plot

CommentaryJuly 18, 2006

Islam and the West: Searching for Common Ground

Remarks of Andrew Kohut to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing

Survey ReportsJuly 6, 2006

Muslims in Europe: Economic Worries Top Concerns About Religious and Cultural Identity

Few Signs of Backlash From Western Europeans

Survey ReportsJanuary 5, 2006

Russia’s Weakened Democratic Embrace

The latest Pew Global Attitudes poll finds the Russian people would choose a strong economy over a good democracy by a margin of almost six to one.

CommentaryFebruary 24, 2004

A Global Generation Gap

Adapting to a New World

Survey ReportsMarch 18, 2003

America’s Image Further Erodes, Europeans Want Weaker Ties

Introduction and Summary Anti-war sentiment and disapproval of President Bush’s international policies continue to erode America’s image among the publics of its allies. U.S. favorability ratings have plummeted in the past six months in countries actively opposing war ­ France, Germany and Russia ­ as well as in countries that are part of the “coalition […]

Survey ReportsApril 17, 2002

Americans and Europeans Differ Widely on Foreign Policy Issues

A multinational survey conducted in association with the International Herald Tribune and Council on Foreign Relations Europeans have a better opinion of President George W. Bush than they did before the Sept. 11 attacks, but they remain highly critical of the president, most of his policies, and what they see as his unilateral approach […]

Survey ReportsAugust 15, 2001

Bush Unpopular in Europe, Seen As Unilateralist

George W. Bush is highly unpopular with the publics of the major nations of Western Europe. By wide margins, people in Germany, France, Great Britain and Italy all disapprove of his handling of international policy, and the American president does not inspire much more confidence in these countries than does Russian President Vladimir Putin. […]