Survey: NATO Remains a Popular Alliance Despite Waning Optimism on Major Security Issues

The Transatlantic Trends 2010 Report demonstrated waning optimism on major security issues like Afghanistan and Iran but found that NATO remains a popular alliance. All surveyed countries had troops stationed in Afghanistan at the time of the fieldwork and, as in previous years, the United States was the only country where a slight majority of respondents (51%) felt optimistic about stabilizing the situation in Afghanistan. Only 23% of EU respondents were optimistic. However, this year’s survey shows that majorities or pluralities in all countries surveyed, including 62% in the EU and 77% in the United States, still support NATO being prepared to act outside of Europe to defend members from threats to their security.

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