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Published:July 3rd, 2007 05:59 EST
Pew Poll in 47 Nations: Global View of U.S. Plummets

Pew Poll in 47 Nations: Global View of U.S. Plummets

By SOP newswire

Poll conducted by The Pew Research Center - released June 27, 2007

For a summary of poll, see: http://pewglobal.org/reports/display.php?ReportID=256

For a complete copy of the questions and responses, see: http://pewglobal.org/reports/pdf/256.pdf

Key findings from poll (taken from Pew`s analysis of poll):

â–ºImage of U.S. declines around the world (p.13)

Over the last five years, America`s image has plummeted throughout much of the world, including sharp drops in favorability among traditional allies in Western Europe, as well as substantial declines in Latin America, the Middle East, and elsewhere.

Majorities in 25 of the 47 countries surveyed express positive views of the U.S. Since 2002, however, the image of the United States has declined in most parts of the world. Favorable ratings of America are lower in 26 of 33 countries for which trends are available (p.3)

 

â–ºLittle or no trust in Bush worldwide (p.61)

In 37 of the 47 countries surveyed, including the United States, majorities say they have little or no trust in Bush to do the right thing in world affairs. Only in Israel and six of the 10 nations surveyed in sub-Saharan Africa do majorities express confidence in Bush. And in most countries where trend data are available, confidence in Bush has either declined in recent years or held steady at very low levels.

â–ºWorldwide opposition to U.S. in Iraq (p.24)

Opposition to American military operations in Iraq is widespread, with at least half of those surveyed in 43 of 47 countries saying the U.S. should remove its troops from Iraq as soon as possible. This sentiment is shared by most Americans " 56% say it is time for troops to leave Iraq. And despite concerns among some that the withdrawal of U.S. forces could lead to greater regional instability, majorities in three countries bordering Iraq " Turkey, Jordan, and Kuwait " say troops should be removed.

 

 

â–ºNegative views too of War on Terrorism (p.22)

In 30 of 34 countries where trends are available (including the U.S.), support for America`s anti-terrorism efforts has dropped since our 2002 poll, which was conducted just months after the Sept. 11 attacks. The falloff has been especially steep in Europe, with decreases of at least 25 percentage points in Ukraine,  France, Great Britain, Poland, Germany, Italy, and the Czech Republic.

 

â–ºU.S. unilateralism particularly hurts our image (p.20)

The current survey reveals extensive criticism of American foreign policy, including the widespread belief that the U.S. acts unilaterally in the international arena. Majorities in 30 of 46 nations say that when making foreign policy decisions the U.S. does not take into account the interests of countries like theirs.

â–ºU.S. democracy promotion seen as inconsistent (p.5)

Majorities in 43 of 47 countries surveyed " including 63% in the United States " say that the U.S. promotes democracy mostly where it serves its interests, rather than promoting it wherever it can.

â–ºU.S. seen as contributing to Global Inequality (p.25)

Another major source of discontent with the U.S. is the perception that American policies increase the gap between rich and poor countries. In 32 of 47 countries, at least 50% of respondents believe that the U.S. contributes to the rich-poor divide.

 

â–ºU.S. technological and scientific advances and culture still admired (p.6)

There is still considerable admiration for U.S. technology and a strong appetite for its cultural exports. In 42 of 46 foreign countries surveyed, majorities say they admire U.S. technological and scientific advances . . . In most parts of the world, majorities report liking American music, movies and television.

â–ºViews of American people higher than of the country (p.19)

Attitudes toward Americans are often more positive than attitudes toward their country. This distinction is particularly evident in Western nations.

 

â–ºBush is not the only world leader facing doubts

" ºRussian President Vladimir Putin fares no better [than Bush] when it comes to international public opinion. (p.61)

" ºOutside of some countries in Asia and Africa, Chinese President Hu Jintao is not widely trusted in his dealings with other nations. (p.61)

" ºIranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continues to inspire little confidence internationally. (p.47)

" ºPresident Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, a sharp critic of the United States and an

ally of Cuba, inspires little confidence outside of his home country, either across Latin America or around the world. (p.61)

" ºConfidence in Osama bin Laden remains very low in most countries surveyed. In several, confidence in the al Qaeda leader has declined sharply. (p.68)

SOURCE:  Council for a Livable World

 

Comments:  John Isaacs jdi@clw.org