Continuing the trend we started seeing a few years ago, the US standing in the world continues to worsen, in some places -- at an accelerated pace.
As the war in Iraq continues for a fourth year, the global image of America has slipped further, even among people in some countries closely allied
with the United States, a new opinion poll has found.
Favorable views of the United States dropped sharply over the past year in Spain, where only 23 percent said they had a positive opinion, down from 41
percent last year, according to the survey. It was done in 15 nations, including the United States, this spring by the Washington-based Pew Research
Other countries where positive views dropped significantly include India (56 percent, down from 71 percent); Russia (43 percent, down from 52
percent); and Indonesia (30 percent, down from 38 percent). In Turkey, only 12 percent said they held a favorable opinion, down from 23 percent last
Declines were less steep in France, Germany and Jordan, while people in China and Pakistan had a slightly more favorable image of the United States
this year than last. In Britain, Washington's closest ally in the Iraq war, positive views of America have remained in the mid-50-percent range in
the past two years, down sharply from 75 percent in 2002, before the war.
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I find it very sad and shameful. We should, in fact, care about what the world thinks about us, if we believe in ideas we have always claimed to
espouse, and if we want to be a beacon to ourselves and a lot of people in the world.
[edit on 21-6-2006 by UM_Gazz]