Polls

These national surveys serve to evaluate feelings between the two nations, as well as explore current issues and perceived threats facing each country.

2010 Poll

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This poll, which sampled the opinions of 1,010 American and 1,016 French adults, was commissioned by the French-American Foundation and conducted by Harris Interactive. Many of the questions included were repeated from earlier studies, previously conducted in 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2007. This research serves to evaluate feelings between the two nations, as well as explore current issues and perceived threats facing each country.

Overall, the 2010 findings suggested an improvement in the attitudes of adults in both France and the United States. Despite warmer feelings toward one another, the data also indicated that adults in both countries may worry about similar issues and perceived threats to their nation, albeit possibly for different reasons and at different levels of importance.


2005 Poll

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This poll, which sampled the opinions of 1,000 American adults and 1,000 French adults, was commissioned by the French-American Foundation and conducted by TNS-Sofres in June 2005.

This research serves to evaluate feelings between the two nations and measures public opinion in the following areas:

  • perceived relationship between the two countries
  • perceived influence of the United States in France
  • perception of France's place in the world
  • opinion of the other country as a destination for living, work or study
  • opinion of the efficiency and quality of various policy models (pertaining to security, technology, immigration, transportation, etc.) in each country

Many of the questions were repeated from the 2000 and 2002 polls, also conducted by TNS-Sofres.


2002 Poll

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This poll, which sampled the opinions of American and French adults, was commissioned by the French-American Foundation and conducted by TNS-Sofres in 2002.

This research serves to evaluate feelings between the two nations and measures public opinion in the following areas:

  • perceived relationship between the two countries
  • perceived influence of the United States in France
  • perception of France's place in the world
  • opinion of the other country as a destination for living, work or study
  • opinion of the efficiency and quality of various policy models (pertaining to security, technology, immigration, transportation, etc.) in each country

Many of the questions were repeated from the 2000 poll, also conducted by TNS-Sofres.


2000 Poll

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This poll, which sampled the opinions of American and French adults, was commissioned by the French-American Foundation and conducted by TNS-Sofres in 2000.

This research serves to evaluate feelings between the two nations and measures public opinion in the following areas:

  • perceived relationship between the two countries
  • perceived influence of the United States in France
  • perception of France's place in the world
  • opinion of the other country as a destination for living, work or study
  • opinion of the efficiency and quality of various policy models (pertaining to security, technology, immigration, transportation, etc.) in each country

1991 Poll

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The 1991 Gallup/French-American Foundation Image Study was designed to investigate the attitudes of American adults toward France, and to simultaneously examine French adults' opinions of the United States.

The survey measures public opinion and behavior in the following areas:

  • perceived relationship between the two countries
  • opinion of the other country as an ally, or a place to live in comparison with other Western European countries
  • perceived economic power and prestige
  • importance of various aspects of society
  • knowledge of and travel experience to the other country

 A total of 1,008 American adults and 1,005 French adults were interviewed in January and February 1991.

 Results from this survey are compared to results from Gallup projects conducted in 1976, 1982, and 1986. A trend analysis is included.


1982 Poll

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This 1982 survey report conducted by the Gallup Organization was designed to investigate the attitudes of American adults toward the people and government of France, and the attitudes of French people toward the United States. Several questions on both the American and French surveys were originally asked in 1976 Gallup surveys. A trend analysis for these questions appears in the report.

1,500 American men and women, 18 years of age or older, were interviewed in June 1982. The French survey included 1,005 respondents, 15 years of age or older.