The International View of America

People around the globe widely expect the next American president to improve the country's policies toward the rest of the world, especially if Barack Obama is elected, yet they retain a persistently poor image of the U.S., according to a poll released Thursday.

The survey of two dozen countries, conducted this spring by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, also found a growing despondency over the international economy, with majorities in 18 nations , including US allies Britain, Germany, Australia, Turkey, France and Japan, sharing a widespread sense the American economy was hurting their countries.

Views of the U.S. improved or stayed the same as last year in 18 nations, the first positive signs the poll has found for the U.S. image worldwide this decade. Even so, many improvements were modest and the U.S. remains less popular in most countries than it was before it invaded Iraq in 2003, with majorities in only eight expressing favorable opinions.

Andrew Kohut, president of Pew, said many seem to be hoping the U.S. role in the world will improve with the departure of President George W. Bush, who remains profoundly unpopular almost everywhere. "People think the U.S. wants to run the world," said Kohut. "It's not more complicated than that."


1 comment:

Gregory said...

Well I have to agree with you on some points, other than that it seems your interpretation of European understanding is completely irrelevant. Most of my business is setup throughout Europe and I try not to involve US politics while visiting these countries. This seems very hard once my accent is recognized and the questions start to take their toll on US elections. Almost every European (the simple folks) refers to Bush as a new-age Hitler leading us with modern propaganda and misleading campaigns into wars that are of choice. I for one voted for him in 2000 where in 2004, I decided not to vote for anyone at all.
Coming back to the European issue, I’d like to say that Obama is not only looked at as “different”, but as a new type of Presidency for America that is changing and opening a new chapter in its politics. I do remain true to my Republican Party but this time around it seems I will not be voting again