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Week of 4.6.07

What Does The World Think of Us?

Favorable Opinions of the U.S.
Source: Pew Global Attitudes Project
Favorable Opinions of the U.S. Drops

Favorable opinions of the U.S. have, in general, dropped steadily from 1999/2000 to 2006 in most of the 15 countries surveyed by the Pew Global Attitudes Project. In Britain, some 56 percent of people had a favorable view of the U.S. in 2006, compared to 83 percent at the turn of the century. In 2006, favorable opinions dropped significantly in predominately Muslim countries, ranging from 12 percent in Turkey to 30 percent in Indonesia and Egypt.

Favorable Opinion of Americans
Source: Pew Global Attitudes Project
Favorable Opinions of Americans Falls

Citizens around the world tend to feel more positively towards American people than they do towards the United States in general. Americans remain relatively popular in Britain, France and Germany, while the Spanish public's favorable view of Americans has dropped significantly to only 37 percent

Falling Support for U.S.-led War on Terror
Source: Pew Global Attitudes Project
Support for the War on Terror Declines

International support for the U.S.-led war on terrorism has continued to fall in most countries, most notably Japan (where support dropped from 61 percent in 2002 to 26 percent in 2006) and Spain (where support dropped from 63 percent in 2003 to 19 percent in 2006). Only two countries, India and Russia, have a majority that supports the war on terror, while it remains particularly unpopular in most predominantly Muslim countries, such as Egypt.

In Europe, Confidence in Bush Falls Further
Source: Pew Global Attitudes Project
Confidence in Bush Erodes

Confidence in President George W. Bush dropped last year in seven of the 11 countries surveyed, where data from 2005 was available. Europeans' views of Bush continued to decline in 2006 with Britain on the high end of the scale (30 percent had a lot or some confidence in the President), and Spain on the low end (seven percent had a lot or some confidence in Bush). Muslim publics strongly oppose President Bush and Turks have the least confidence in the President, at three percent.

Focus on the Arab World

Opinion of the United States
  2002 2005 2006
Fav Unfav Fav Unfav Fav Unfav
Saudi Arabia 12 87 9 89 12 82
Egypt 15 76 14 85 14 83
Morocco 38 61 34 64 7 87
Jordan 34 61 33 62 5 90
Lebanon 26 70 32 60 28 68

Source: Arab American Institute/
Zogby International
Opinion of the U.S. Remains Largely Unfavorable

In the Arab world, countries generally view the United States unfavorably. Opinions have not changed much amongst the populations of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Lebanon from 2002 to 2006. In Jordan and Morocco, overall U.S. favoribility ratings have dropped significantly. In 2006, 90 percent of Jordanians had unfavorable views of the U.S.


Opinion of U.S. vs. 1 Year Ago
  Better Worse Same
Saudi Arabia 9 62 28
Egypt 4 72 18
Morocco 1 57 40
Jordan 1 76 22
Lebanon 10 47 40

Source: Arab American Institute/
Zogby International
Opinion of U.S. vs. 1 Year Ago Worsens

In all five countries surveyed, attitudes toward the U.S. worsened from 2005 to 2006. Over 70 percent of people in Egypt and Jordan felt worse about the U.S. Only four percent of Egyptians and one percent of Jordanians had improved attitudes toward America during that period.


Impact on Overall Opinion of the United States

Impact on Overall Opinion of the United States
  Freedom/Democracy People Products Movies/TV Education
Pos.* Neg.* Pos. Neg. Pos. Neg. Pos. Neg. Pos. Neg.
Saudi Arabia 41 31 18 34 50 24 22 43 40 28
Egypt 21 41 23 28 28 31 34 35 36 21
Morocco 23 46 28 29 36 34 27 40 39 23
Jordan 27 43 31 33 30 41 23 51 47 32
Lebanon 42 32 44 18 34 25 28 37 43 19
*Positive includes both Positive and Very Positive responses. Negative includes both Negative and Very Negative responses. Source: Arab American Institute/Zogby International

In all five countries polled, only "American Education" received a net favorable rating in 2006. Lebanon was the only country with a positive rating toward the "American People." In Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, "American Freedom/Democracy" and "American Products" were rated positively. "American Movies and Television" was viewed negatively overall in all countries.


Impact on Overall Opinion of the United States

Impact on Overall Opinion of the United States
  Palestinian Policy Lebanon Policy Iraq Policy Promotion of Democracy Challenge to Nuclear Iran
Pos.* Neg.* Pos. Neg. Pos. Neg. Pos. Neg. Pos. Neg.
Saudi Arabia 4 88 4 91 2 96 7 79 13 74
Egypt 20 51 19 51 26 50 22 42 28 38
Morocco 6 93 6 92 6 93 21 80 7 70
Jordan 7 88 7 88 7 86 10 72 11 71
Lebanon 16 74 27 62 16 73 26 55 33 51
*Positive includes both Positive and Very Positive responses. Negative includes both Negative and Very Negative responses. Source: Arab American Institute/Zogby International

All of America's policies had a negative impact on Arab countries' overall opinion of the U.S. in 2006.

Related Links:

» The Arab-American Institute: 2006 Arab Attitudes Poll

» Pew Global Attitudes Project: America's Image in the World