World values lost in translation - The Washington Post
At the dawn of the 21st century, the Vietnamese were the most authoritarian people in the world, according to the World Values Survey. (...) In the next round of the survey only a few years later, however, only a third of the samples in Vietnam and Iran supported military rule, and only one eighth in Albania. Of the four most authoritarian countries from the previous round, only Indonesia remained consistent at 95 percent.
What happened to cause such dramatic shifts?
Some scholars looked for causal explanations rooted in economic, social or political change. (...)
What happened is that the World Values Survey switched translations.