The Freedom House Survey for 2016: The Dual Threat of Populists and Autocrats

April 2017

In 2016, established democracies figured prominently on the list of countries experiencing declines in freedom, while emboldened autocracies stepped up their repression at home and interference abroad. 

The Freedom House Survey for 2015: Anxious Dictators, Wavering Democrats

April 2016

In 2015, the tenth consecutive year of decline in global freedom, the world was battered by overlapping crises, spurring harsh authoritarian crackdowns and revealing the leading democracies’ lack of conviction.