Taking the measure of democratic values and the impact of the downturn
The Americas Society/Council on the Americas (AS/COA) is hosting a discussion about the findings of the 2010 AmericasBarometer Survey, in New York City tomorrow morning from 8:30 am to 10:00 am (ET), with a free webcast of the proceedings (and the opportunity to submit questions) that can be accessed here.
Update 02.11.11: The webcast Power Point presentation is available here. The survey findings on the interaction of popular support for democratic values and government economic competence as indicators for political stability in Latin America are interesting in light of current events in Egypt.
The annual AmericasBarometer survey is an activity of Vanderbilt University’s Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP). The 2010 survey is the largest in the series (begun in 2004), covering 26 countries including every independent country in mainland North, Central and South America, and all of the larger (and some of the smaller) countries in the Caribbean, with the exception of Cuba.
Survey questions focus on democratic values. The 2010 also includes several questions about the economy, the downturn’s impact – and attitudes toward free trade, which were analyzed recently in Americas Quarterly’s Who Supports Free Trade (and Why)?