Key Findings

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Foreword

This is the twelfth Transatlantic Trends survey; it started in 2002 as World Views. Over more than a decade, Transatlantic Trends has become the preeminent source of U.S. and European public opinion on a host of transatlantic issues, including foreign policy challenges, support for NATO, the economy, and the rise of other world powers. The data provided by the survey have become an invaluable tool for policymakers, the media, think tanks, and academics. In addition to producing original research, the survey’s goal is also to foster debate on the strategic policy goals, objectives and values of the United States and Europe as members of the transatlantic community.

The twelve years reflected by our polls have been tumultuous for both Europe and the United States, shaped for a long time by a marked divide about the U.S. intervention in Iraq, the alliance’s role in Afghanistan, and the global economic crisis. Increasingly, the poll also shows a deepening North-South divide within Europe—at a time when publics on both sides of the Atlantic appear to be drawing closer together again.

A chapter on mobility, migration and integration was added to the survey this year, based on a previous survey, Transatlantic Trends: Immigration. As you will see in the data, it makes a compelling addition to the sections on foreign, security and economic policy. It adds depth and diversity to the survey during a time of heightened interest in transatlantic relations in a globalized world.

Craig Kennedy

President, German Marshall Fund of the United States


 

Key Findings from previous surveys can be found in the Data Archive.

Transatlantic Trends is a comprehensive annual survey of American and European public opinion.

For More Information, Please Contact:
In the U.S.: Anne McGinn: +1 202 683 2676, amcginn@gmfus.org
In Europe (Brussels): Sarah Halls: +32 2 238 5 274, shalls@gmfus.org
In Italy: Francesca Contini: francesca.contini@compagnia.torino.it and Alessandra Rota: alessandra.rota@compagnia.torino.it
In Portugal: Paula Vicente:  paula.vicente@flad.pt
In Sweden: Anna Tomberg: +46 8 511 768 70  Anna.Tornberg@ui.se

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