Global Jan. 20, 2010

The Post-Communist Generation in the Former Eastern Bloc

A Pew Global Attitudes survey finds that members of the post-communist generation, who are now between the ages of 18 and 39, 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 the Iron Curtain fell.

Global Jan. 14, 2010

Ukraine’s National Election — a Problem of Democracy?

On the eve of a national election, Ukrainians are not only disenchanted with their current leadership and economic situation; they are also the most dissatisfied among former Soviet Bloc nations with the transition to a democracy and free markets.

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Global Nov. 2, 2009

Map: Public Opinion Two Decades After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Explore an interactive map to see how Europeans answered key survey questions about the collapse of communism and the effect it has had on their country.

Global Nov. 2, 2009

End of Communism Cheered But Now With More Reservations

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, publics of former Iron Curtain countries generally look back approvingly at the collapse of communism. However, enthusiasm about these changes has dimmed in most of the countries surveyed, and many say that most people were better off under communism.

Global Mar. 5, 2009

Eastern Europe: A Crisis of Confidence in Capitalism?

The economic crisis could have troubling implications for public opinion in the former Eastern Bloc, where support for capitalism had been on the rise, but still remained weaker than in Western Europe and most other regions of the world.

Global Jan. 15, 2009

European Worries About Reliance on Russian Energy Were Already High

Just as concern about energy dependence has become widespread, so too have unfavorable views of Russia and its Prime Minister Putin.

Global Jun. 12, 2008

Global Economic Gloom — China and India Notable Exceptions

Although views of the U.S. remain negative, and many now worry about the US economy’s impact on their nations, the U.S.’s favorable ratings have increased modestly since 2007 in 10 of 21 countries with comparative data. People around the world are following the U.S. election closely – and in most places surveyed, express greater confidence in Obama than in McCain.

Global Feb. 27, 2008

Putin’s Popularity Propels Chosen Successor in Russian Election

Opinion polling — showing a consistent Russian preference for a strong leader over a democratic government — suggests the outcome of Russia’s presidential election is a foregone conclusion.

Global Jun. 27, 2007

Global Unease with Major World Powers and Leaders

A new survey finds continuing anti-American sentiment and significant slippage in China’s image among the publics of other major nations. Concern about environmental degradation as a major threat to the planet has increased substantially in 20 of 35 countries for which trends are available.

Global Dec. 6, 2006

The Putin Popularity Score

Is Vladimir Putin a new breed of postmodern, post-communist populist or an old-style dictator in democratic clothing? It’s a question currently being debated with even more urgency as the investigation widens into the bizarre poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Soviet spy and outspoken critic of the Russian president.