Pew Research Center Mar. 26, 2013

Leaders of BRICS Nations Meet Amid Mixed Views on their Economies

As South Africa hosts the fifth BRICS summit of leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the people of these emerging market nations have mixed attitudes about their economic conditions and prospects.

Global May. 23, 2012

Russians Support Protests, Political Freedoms, and Putin, Too

A Pew Global attitudes report finds a majority of Russians support political freedoms and public protests that followed a December 2011 parliamentary vote. But a majority also hold a high opinion of Vladimir Putin.

U.S. Politics Dec. 6, 2011

An ‘Iron Hand’ Is No Substitute For Democracy

The experience of the former Soviet Union’s struggles to make the transition to a more open society holds an important lesson for the Middle East, a region in which the democratic tide still swells despite panicked opposition from some and the efforts of others to regulate its tempo.

Global Dec. 5, 2011

Confidence in Democracy and Capitalism Wanes in Former Soviet Union

Two decades after the Soviet Union’s collapse, Russians, Ukrainians, and Lithuanians are unhappy with the direction of their countries and disillusioned with the state of their politics. Enthusiasm for democracy and capitalism has waned considerably and most believe the changes that have taken place have had a negative impact on many aspects of public life.

Global May. 19, 2010

Czechs’ Commitment to Free Markets and Democracy Stays Strong Amidst Troubled Economic and Political Waters

Despite broad dissatisfaction with their country’s current economy and direction, Czechs’ enthusiasm for free markets and open elections has remained strong.

Global Mar. 29, 2010

Ukraine Says ’No’ to NATO

Ukrainian President Yanukovych’s move to ban Ukraine from joining NATO is not without a base of public support, a Pew Global Attitudes survey finds.

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.