America’s Approval Rating

Let me recommend the website www.watchingamerica.com once again.  It’s a great website that translates into English articles about the United States from all over the world.

 I found a recent article from a Swiss paper of interest.  It’s called Can America ‘Find Love’ Again?  It’s basically advice from a Swiss columnist on how America could improve its popularity around the world.  A recent Pew Poll that talked to 45,000 people in 46 countries found that this is how people feel about us:

image borrowed from www.watchingamerica.com

Yikes. What do you think of that?  I’m sort of surprised that people on Venezuela are so split.  We seem to be pretty popular in Africa; must be all those aid dollars?

How important is it that other countries have a favorable impression of the United States?  Does it matter?  Should we try and improve it?  How could we improve it?

Poll: Is it important for America to have a positive approval rating?

We don’t have a show planned on this topic, but I’d just be interested to hear what you have to say.

-Jessica

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One Response

  1. I don’t think it’s the aid dollars to Africa as much as the old idea of America as a promised land of opportunity and stability that people dream of living in one day. I think that idea still has enough currency to outweigh things like objections to America’s foreign policy in many parts of Africa, as opposed to much of the Middle East, South America, Europe, and Asia where negative effects of US foreign policy are more widely experienced and recognized.
    My question is who are the 13% with favorable views toward us in the Palestinian territories? That’s hard to imagine.

    -Justin

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