Friday, June 29, 2007

Image of US drops

Rafi of ATFP sends this item. Hardly surprising I suppose. Was ancient Rome popular in Europe in its day? The USA can't seriously expect popularity surely?

The Washington Post examines the results of a Pew Research Center survey of global attitudes that shows a diminishing of the U.S. image worldwide, including among allies
EVEN AMONG ALLIES, IMAGE OF U.S. DROPS By Tiffany Harness Washington Post June 28, 2007

The image of the United States has "plummeted" in many parts of the world, with mounting distrust of President Bush and U.S. foreign policy expressed not only in Muslim countries but also among traditional allies, according to a survey of global attitudes released yesterday. Still, majorities in 25 of the 46 countries surveyed said they had positive views of the United States, with particularly positive sentiments coming from Africa, suggesting that anti-Americanism has grown "deeper, but not wider." Those surveyed expressed little confidence in other world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. And China's increasing economic and military might is "triggering considerable anxiety," the survey found, though President Hu Jintao "remains largely unknown in many parts of the world."


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