European and American Views of Russia Turned from Favorable to Unfavorable

Views on Russia turned from favorable to unfavorable on both sides of the Atlantic this year, according to the Transatlantic Trends 2012 Report. 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.

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