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5.23.03
Politics and Economy:
The U.S. and World Opinion
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Overview

Arguments in the United Nations, global protests and forthright pronouncements from world leaders have focused Americans for a moment on the issue of world opinion. The warm feelings for the U.S. engendered in many by the attacks of September 11, 2001 have worn thin in many areas of the globe. Even OPRAH dedicated a whole show to the task of exploring what the world thinks of America.

Late last year the The Pew Research Center for People and the Press released an extensive survey of world opinion. Included in the study were a number of questions designed to uncover the subtleties of foreign opinion on American politics, people, and lifestyles. In addition, Worldviews, a joint Chicago Council on Foreign Relations (CCFR) and German Marshall Fund of the United States conducted every four years since 1974 has just released its post-9/11 findings.

Use these links to explore world opinion:

Below are some of the results of the Pew Center's study on global opinion. Among the top-line findings: it's American policies, not American people, that many respondents disliked. Participants were also asked whether the spread of American ideas and customs was a good or bad thing. Another line of inquiry gauged people's feelings about American foreign policy. They were asked: "In making international policy decisions, to what extent do you think the United States takes into account the interests of other countries?"

Favorable or Unfavorable View of the U.S.

Brazil: % with somewhat or very favorable opinion of the U.S.:
Brazil: % with somewhat or very unfavorable opinion of the U.S.:
 52%
 32%
Mexico: % with somewhat or very favorable opinion of the U.S.:
Mexico: % with somewhat or very unfavorable opinion of the U.S.:
 64%
 25%
Britain: % with somewhat or very favorable opinion of the U.S.:
Britain: % with somewhat or very unfavorable opinion of the U.S.:
 75%
 16%
Germany: % with somewhat or very favorable opinion of the U.S.:
Germany: % with somewhat or very unfavorable opinion of the U.S.:
 61%
 35%
Russia: % with somewhat or very favorable opinion of the U.S.:
Russia: % with somewhat or very unfavorable opinion of the U.S.:
 61%
 33%
Poland: % with somewhat or very favorable opinion of the U.S.:
Poland: % with somewhat or very unfavorable opinion of the U.S.:
 79 %
 11%
South Africa: % with somewhat or very favorable opinion of the U.S.:
South Africa: % with somewhat or very unfavorable opinion of the U.S.:
 65%
 28%
Kenya: % with somewhat or very favorable opinion of the U.S.:
Kenya: % with somewhat or very unfavorable opinion of the U.S.:
 80%
 15%
India: % with somewhat or very favorable opinion of the U.S.:
India: % with somewhat or very unfavorable opinion of the U.S.:
 54%
 27%
Japan: % with somewhat or very favorable opinion of the U.S.:
Japan: % with somewhat or very unfavorable opinion of the U.S.:
 72%
 26%
South Korea: % with somewhat or very favorable opinion of the U.S.:
South Korea: % with somewhat or very unfavorable opinion of the U.S.:
 53%
44%
Egypt: % with somewhat or very favorable opinion of the U.S.:
Egypt: % with somewhat or very unfavorable opinion of the U.S.:
 6%
 69%
Pakistan: % with somewhat or very favorable opinion of the U.S.:
Pakistan: % with somewhat or very unfavorable opinion of the U.S.:
 10%
 69%
Turkey: % with somewhat or very favorable opinion of the U.S.:
Turkey: % with somewhat or very unfavorable opinion of the U.S.:
 30%
 55%
Jordan: % with somewhat or very favorable opinion of the U.S.:
Jordan: % with somewhat or very unfavorable opinion of the U.S.:
 25%
 75%


Opinion on the Spread of American Ideas and Customs

Brazil: % good idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
Brazil: % bad idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
 30%
 62%
Mexico: % good idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
Mexico: % bad idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
 22%
 65%
Britain: % good idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
Britain: % bad idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
 39%
 50%
Germany: % good idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
Germany: % bad idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
 28%
 67%
Russia: % good idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
Russia: % bad idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
 16%
 68%
Poland: % good idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
Poland: % bad idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
 31%
 55%
South Africa: % good idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
South Africa: % bad idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
 43%
 45%
Kenya: % good idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
Kenya: % bad idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
 40%
 55%
India: % good idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
India: % bad idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
 24 %
 54%
Japan: % good idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
Japan: % bad idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
 49%
 35%
South Korea: % good idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
South Korea: % bad idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
 30%
 62%
Egypt: % good idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
Egypt: % bad idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
 6%
 84%
Pakistan: % good idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
Pakistan: % bad idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
 2%
 81%
Turkey: % good idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
Turkey: % bad idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
 11%
 78%
Jordan: % good idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
Jordan: % bad idea American ideas and customs are spreading here:
 13%
 82%


U.S. Foreign Policy

Brazil: % U.S. takes other countries' interests into account a great deal/fair amount:
Brazil: % U.S. takes other countries' interests into account not too much/not at all:
 37%
 55%
Mexico: U.S. takes other countries' interests into account a great deal/fair amount:
Mexico: % U.S. takes other countries' interests into account not too much/not at all.:
 42%
 52%
Britain: U.S. takes other countries' interests into account a great deal/fair amount:
Britain: % U.S. takes other countries' interests into account not too much/not at all.:
 44%
 52%
Germany: U.S. takes other countries' interests into account a great deal/fair amount:
Germany: % U.S. takes other countries' interests into account not too much/not at all.:
 53%
 45%
Russia: U.S. takes other countries' interests into account a great deal/fair amount:
Russia: % U.S. takes other countries' interests into account not too much/not at all.:
 22%
 70%
Poland: U.S. takes other countries' interests into account a great deal/fair amount:
Poland: % U.S. takes other countries' interests into account not too much/not at all.:
 29%
 59%
South Africa: U.S. takes other countries' interests into account a great deal/fair amount:
South Africa: % U.S. takes other countries' interests into account not too much/not at all.:
 51%
 35%
Kenya: U.S. takes other countries' interests into account a great deal/fair amount:
Kenya: % U.S. takes other countries' interests into account not too much/not at all.:
 53%
 38%
India: U.S. takes other countries' interests into account a great deal/fair amount:
India: % U.S. takes other countries' interests into account not too much/not at all.:
 38%
 31%
Japan: U.S. takes other countries' interests into account a great deal/fair amount:
Japan: % U.S. takes other countries' interests into account not too much/not at all.:
 36%
 59%
South Korea: U.S. takes other countries' interests into account a great deal/fair amount:
South Korea: % U.S. takes other countries' interests into account not too much/not at all.:
 23%
 73%
Egypt: U.S. takes other countries' interests into account a great deal/fair amount:
Egypt: % U.S. takes other countries' interests into account not too much/not at all.:
 17%
 66%
Pakistan: U.S. takes other countries' interests into account a great deal/fair amount:
Pakistan: % U.S. takes other countries' interests into account not too much/not at all.:
 23%
 36%
Turkey: U.S. takes other countries' interests into account a great deal/fair amount:
Turkey: % U.S. takes other countries' interests into account not too much/not at all.:
 16%
 74%
Jordan: U.S. takes other countries' interests into account a great deal/fair amount:
Jordan: % U.S. takes other countries' interests into account not too much/not at all.:
 28%
 71%

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