Fact Tank Mar. 4, 2014

Many Russians agree that it is natural for them to have an empire

In a spring 2012 survey, 44% of Russians agreed that a Russian empire is natural.

Religion Feb. 10, 2014

Russians Return to Religion, But Not to Church

The share of Russians who identified as Orthodox Christians more than doubled between 1991 and 2008, while the share not identifying with any religion dropped. But for most Russians, this return to religion did not correspond with a return to church.

U.S. Politics Feb. 4, 2014

Public Skeptical of Decision to Hold Olympic Games in Russia

More say it was a bad decision than a good decision to hold the games in Russia. Among those saying it was a bad decision, most cite terrorism and security concerns as a reason they feel this way.

Fact Tank Jan. 14, 2014

French more accepting of infidelity than people in other countries

French President Francois Hollande has been dealing with revelations of an affair he has been having with an actress, but he leads a country that has a more tolerant view than others of these matters.

Fact Tank Dec. 12, 2013

Eastern and Western Europe divided over gay marriage, homosexuality

Recent developments in Croatia and Scotland highlight a stark divide between Eastern and Western Europe on the topic of same-sex marriage.

Fact Tank Oct. 2, 2013

Rise of Greek nationalist ‘Golden Dawn’ party coincides with Greece’s economic crisis

The Greek government is preparing to try several lawmakers representing the Golden Dawn, a nationalist and anti-immigrant party that the government describes as “neo-Nazi.” The upcoming trial is related to the fatal stabbing of an anti-fascist rap musician on Sept. 18, by a Golden Dawn sympathizer. Golden Dawn,  a far right wing party whose motto […]

Fact Tank Sep. 19, 2013

Facing re-election, Merkel gets mostly high marks for handling of economy

Angela Merkel’s high marks on dealing with the euro crisis may be one reason she leads her chief rival Social Democratic chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück.

Fact Tank Sep. 9, 2013

As French, U.S. leaders push for Syria action, their people are united in opposition

The American and French publics, who a decade ago bitterly disagreed over the U.S. invasion of Iraq, now see eye-to-eye on the looming military strike against Syria because of its alleged use of chemical weapons against its own people. In principle they both think there are times when it is necessary to use military force […]

Global Sep. 3, 2013

Global Opinion of Russia Mixed

As Russia prepares to host the G20 summit, negative opinions of the country are more common than positive ones, although views are mixed in many countries. Negative views of Russia are especially pronounced in the Middle East, Western Europe and Japan.

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Global Sep. 3, 2013

Map: Global Views of Russia

The global opinion of Russia is mixed, with negative views widespread in the Middle East and Europe. See which countries have a favorable or unfavorable view of Russia.