posted on Jul, 19 2014 @ 09:31 AM
Everybody hates the US right? Right? Well not so much. Except in the Middle East. The latest round Pew Researches Global Attitude Project
PEW RESEARCH 2014
is out and its results are interesting.
A global median of 65% voice an affirmative opinion about America. This includes a median of 74% in Africa, 66% in Western Europe, 66% in Asia, 65% in
Latin America, but just 30% in the Middle East.
The 50% US approval rating in China is interesting as is the fact that in the younger generation that numbers jumps to 60%. Vietnams new found love
for America most likley has more to with its view that the US is its greatest ally, a feeling also found in India.
In Asia, majorities in eight of 11 nations express a positive opinion of the United States. This includes 92% of Filipinos, 82% of South Koreans and
76% of Bangladeshis and Vietnamese. Even half the Chinese give Uncle Sam a thumbs up. Only Pakistanis are strongly anti-American, with just 14%
expressing a favorable assessment of the U.S., while 59% are unfavorable. The median positive approval of the United States in Pakistan in 13 surveys
since 2002 has been a mere 15%.
The US remains very popular in the Western Hemisphere with exception of Argentina.
In eight of nine Latin American countries, majorities see the U.S. in a favorable light. Salvadorans (80%) are particularly positive in their
assessment, as are Chileans (72%) and Nicaraguans (71%). Notably, despite all the tensions between Washington and Caracas, 62% of Venezuelans have a
favorable opinion of the U.S. But less than four-in-ten Argentines (36%) are positively disposed toward Washington. In the seven surveys the Pew
Research Center has conducted in Argentina since 2002, never more than about four-in-ten Argentines have expressed favorable sentiment toward their
big neighbor to the north.
No suprises in Africa where US engagement since the fall of the Soviet Union has brought the entire continent under its sway with few exceptions.
Africans express particularly positive views about America. Strong majorities in all seven nations surveyed back the United States, including roughly
three-quarters or more of Kenyans (80%), Ghanaians (77%), Tanzanians (75%) and Senegalese (74%).
And in the Middle East also no suprises. The US ranks low everywhere but, Israel where the US gets its second higherst ratings on the planet.
The Middle East is the sole region where anti-Americanism is both deep and widespread. Eighty-five percent of Egyptians and Jordanians and 73% of
Turks voice a negative opinion of the United States. Only 10% of Egyptians, 12% of Jordanians and 19% of Turks have a favorable view. The Egyptian
rating is the lowest among the 43 nations in the study. The Tunisians are divided: 42% positive, 47% negative. Israelis are the only public in the
region where a majority (84%) holds a favorable opinion of America.
Other interesting things to note:
Obama is still seen in a positive light as a word leader, outside of the Mid East where his ratings mirror that of the US as a whole. China's leader
is seen in a mixed light rating less positive in many coutries. While Putin and Russia of course score low across the board
Views of Russia
Also if you read through this you will find people oppose US drone strikes and spying on them or their leaders but, not enough to much effect overall
opinions of the US. On the other hand US spying is supported as long as it is on terrorist is strongly supported.
China is seen as overtaking the US as a world power in many countries. The US has positive ratings in all the BRICS nations except Russia. Indonesia
sees the US both its greatest threat and its greatest ally. Asian nations are very concerend that problems with China will lead to war. Younger
generations have much higher views of the US. Russia and Putin have a huge image problem to overcome.
I would suggest sitting down and reading through this to give you better idea of what the man in the street feels about. Granted these views do not
alway represent what that nations goverment feels or does.