Global Attitudes Toward America: June 2007

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    The following measurements of favorable/unfavorable attitudes toward America are from the “Pew Global Attitudes Project,” published 27 June 2007. See chart below.

    Complete report: http://pewglobal.org/reports/display.php?ReportID=256

    We are reviled in the Middle East and viewed favorably in Israel. No surprise.

    We are most intensely despised by the Turks, and while the Kurds are not on the list, we are no doubt viewed favorably by them. Turkey has perhaps the most rabidly anti American media in the world: http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP87005. In light of the Turk attitude, we could sell the recent Turk orders for F-16s and JSF F-35s to the Greeks. We are going to have to work hard to get the Turk approval rating of America below nine percent, but we can do it.

    All Muslim countries view America very unfavorably, including Indonesia. Guess they can use their own aircraft carriers after the next tsunami. Muslims everywhere detest the fact that we will not cave to Palestinian terrorism.

    The usual anti Americans from Western Europe are all near the bottom of the list: France, Spain, and Germany. Even in Britain more people view the US unfavorably than favorably. This should speak to us about the future of NATO. Despite a mouth-foaming anti American Leftist media, we are viewed favorably in Italy. In all of Europe, we are thought of most favorably in Eastern Europe. They remember the totalitarianism of the CCCP, even though Western Europe has either forgotten, or never cared, that we protected them from the Soviets for more than 50 years. Certainly the Western Europeans will not mind if we withdraw American forces from Europe. After all, their massive military investments will protect them against Russian energy extortion and the military of Putin's new Soviets.

    The Chinese dislike us even more than Russians, and that should tell us something about future trade policy. But Wal-Mart bargain hunters do not think about how unfavorably we are viewed in China.

    We are viewed favorably in some parts of South America, even in Venezuela. But they view us very unfavorably in bankrupt Argentina. We are not ever going to call the Falklands the Malvinas, although with our approval rating in Britain, maybe we should reconsider. We might think about more of an effort with Brazil. Although, they do not like the fact that America subsidizes farming and want unrestricted agricultural access to the US. They should not hold their breath.

    Expected are the high approval ratings we have in Japan, South Korea, and India. This should help point in the direction of future alliances.

    Our approval ratings are quite high in all parts of Africa, except the north where the Arabs are. Recent investments in anti HIV/AIDS efforts will continue to improve sub-Saharan attitudes.

    Strangely absent from the list are Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, and Iran. I would guess that the Australian attitude would be slightly better than Canada, and nowhere near the low level in Britain. It is sometimes said that the Iranian people do not have the hatred for America expressed by the Mullahs, but who knows?

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    I was going to post this. You beat me to it.

    What is interesting about these global surveys is that America continuously is held in very high esteem in Africa.

    America's low, low rating in Turkey is probably due to its support of the Kurds in Iraq.
     
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