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 Oct. 30, 2008

Xenophobia on the Continent

A growing minority of citizens in several European countries holds unfavorable opinions of Jews. Negative views of Israel, sympathy with the Palestinian cause, rising anti-Americanism, and a backlash against globalization and immigration all play a role in this trend.

Global Sep. 17, 2008

Unfavorable Views of Both Jews and Muslims Increase in Europe

Publics that view Jews unfavorably also tend to see Muslims in a negative light. However, the trend in negative views toward Muslims in Europe has occurred over a longer period of time than recently growing anti-Semitic sentiment.

Global Jul. 16, 2008

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

By all accounts, Barack Obama will be enthusiastically greeted when he travels to Europe. But his trip will take him into less friendly territory in the Middle East where Muslims remain skeptical about the future of U.S. foreign policy, regardless of who is elected in November.

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 Jan. 17, 2008

Italy’s Malaise: La Vita Non É Cosí Dolce

Taken aback by critical depictions of their country’s “collective funk,” Italians’ spirits are flagging — but not their sense of cultural superiority.

Global Jul. 24, 2007

A Rising Tide Lifts Mood in the Developing World

Even in some countries where incomes are still low and life is tough, people tend to be happier with their lives — if their economy is on the upswing. And, in Muslim countries, support for suicide bombing has declined sharply in recent years. Also, a commentary by Bruce Stokes analyzes factors contributing higher levels of happiness in many countries worldwide.