International Opinions


None of the below comes as a great surprise to me, but it’s interesting:

The Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project conducts public opinion surveys around the world on a broad array of subjects ranging from people’s assessments of their own lives to their views about the current state of the world and important issues of the day.



The United States is the only nation in the survey that approves of drone strikes on terrorist targets — 62 percent approve and 28 percent disapprove. Disapproval is as high as 90 percent in Greece and 89 percent in Egypt, and is at 63 percent in France and 59 percent in Germany.


In 2009, 56 percent of those polled believed Obama would take steps on climate change. Today just 22 percent think he has done so.


As recently as 2009, 46 percent of respondents believed the United States is the world’s leading economic power, with 27 percent choosing China. Today China is favored by 42 percent and the United States by 36 percent.


A majority of respondents in seven of eight European nations polled — the exception is Greece — and those in Brazil, Japan, Russia, and Lebanon say they have a favorable view of the American people. The highest unfavorable ratings are in Pakistan (73 percent), Turkey (69), and Jordan (67), while 40 percent of Mexicans have an unfavorable view of their northern neighbors.


The percentage who say they like American music, movies and television ranges from 79 percent in Spain and 74 percent in Italy to just 19 percent in India and 8 percent in Pakistan. But those percentages rise significantly among respondents ages 18 to 29, topping out at 94 percent in Germany and 93 percent in France, and rising to 24 percent in India.


While 75 percent of Americans have confidence in Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the percentage is lower in all European nations — including Greece (12 percent) and Spain (43 percent) — and in China (36 percent), Mexico (27), and India (15). The percentage in Muslim nations is highest in Lebanon (30 percent) and lowest in Pakistan (3 percent).


The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan “fact tank” in Washington, D.C., that provides information on the issues, attitudes, and trends shaping America and the world.

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