Survey: Respondents’ Views on Other Countries Shift or Remain Static

According to the Transatlantic Trends 2012 Report, positive views of Russia have dropped in the United States and Europe while Turkish views of the United States and Europe have remained static.

Views on Russia turned from favorable to unfavorable on both sides of the Atlantic this year. Forty-two percent of Americans and 37% of Europeans said they held favorable views of Russia. Yet half the Russians (50%) had favorable views of the United States, while two-in-three (64%) thought favorably of the EU.

Seventy-five percent of Europeans and 60% of Americans said they had little confidence that the Russian elections reflected the will of the voters. A plurality of Russians (46%) said they were not confident in their own elections; 43% said they were.

Although Turkish feelings for the EU and United States warmed somewhat over the past year, a majority of Turks still viewed the EU and United States unfavorably (53 and 57%, respectively).

As in 2011, a plurality of Turks thought that working with Asia was more important to their national interests than working with the United States (46%). A plurality of Russians also felt that Asia was more important to their national interests than the United States (40%).

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