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Transatlantic Trends Survey


The Transatlantic Trends is an annual survey exploring how Europeans and Americans view the transatlantic relationship and a number of challenges facing the world. Since 2006, owing to the support granted by the Tipping Point Foundation, and since 2010 - to the Communitas Foundation support, Bulgaria and Romania have been included in the survey. Every year, in the first half of September, the results are presented simultaneously in all surveyed countries with an enormous media and political interest. A prior objective of the Transatlantic Trends is to set up as a reliable reference point to the academics, politicians and the political and economic analysts. In the previous year, more than 200 materials about the survey, or quoting the survey, have been published. They have been commented in more than 400 newspapers, magazines and prestigious publications. The regularity and the continuinity in the questionnaires allows for a longer term tracing of trends in the public attitudes.  

The Transatlantic Trends is a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the Compagnia di San Paolo, with additional support from the Fundação Luso-Americana, Fundación BBVA, the Communitas Foundation, and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.  

Methodology: TNS Opinion conducts the polling in the USA, Turkey, and in 12 states of the EU: Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, the Neitherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Romania and Bulgaria. Since 2011 Sweden has been included in the survey, and in since 2012 - Russia. The polling is performed through Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews (except in Poland, Slovakia, Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania where face-to-face interviews are conducted) in June. In all countries, a random sample of approximately 1000 men and women, 18 years of age and older, was interviewed. For results based on the national samples in each of the 14 countries surveyed, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of error attributable to sampling and other random effects is plus or minus three percentage points. For results based on the total EU sample, the margin of error is plus or minus one percentage point. Please see www.transatlantictrends.org for more detailed methodology.

Key findings from the surveys

2012             Key findings on Bulgaria (in English)                             

2011             Key findings (in English)                        Topline data (in English)

2010             Key findings (in English)                        Topline data (in English)

2009             Key findings (in English)                        Topline data (in English)

2008             Key findings (in English)                        Topline data (in English)

2007             Key findings (in English)                        Topline data (in English)

2006             Key findings (in English)                        Topline data (in English)