While I don't wear an American flag on my sleeve, neither do I hide my national identity, although there was a time when I got in the middle of a bar fight between and some Aussies and Americans at the old Reggie's Roppongi in Tokyo and decided that I'd be Canadian that evening.
Anyhow, The Pew Global Attitudes Project has released its latest survey about how Yanks are viewed in other countries. In a word:
Let's front load this with the reality that since American is the world's remaining superpower, there always will be a goodly number of people who will hate the U.S. no matter what. But the antisocial behavior of the Bush administration on the world stage has sent views of the U.S. to historic lows.
Not so fast there, says Bruce Stokes, who directed the survey of 93,000 people in 50 countries .
We found a rising antipathy toward Americans. [But] the problem is Americans, not just [President] Bush.
In the past, while Europeans, Asians and Arabs might have disliked American policies or specific
Majorities around the world think Americans are greedy, violent and rude, and fewer than half in countries like
, Poland , Spain , Canada and China think Americans are honest. Russia
The dislike is accelerating among youths. For instance, 20 percent of Britons under age 30 have an unfavorable opinion of Americans, double the percentage of 2002.
* More than half of those asked in
, France , Germany , Italy and Canada said the "spread of American ideas and customs" was a "bad thing." Britain
*Almost half of those polled in
, Britain and France dispute the whole concept of a global war on terrorism, and a majority of Europeans believe the invasion of Germany was a mistake. More than two-thirds of Germans, French and Turks believe American leaders lied about the reasons for war and believe the Iraq is less trustworthy than it once was. United States
* Asked where to find the "good life," no more than one in 10 people recommended the United States in a sub-poll conducted in 13 countries. More popular:
, Canada , Australia and Britain . Only in Germany did the India still represent the land of opportunity. U.S.
Says Richard Solomon, a veteran diplomat the president of the U.S. Institute of Peace, a federally funded think tank:
It's an attractive aspect of our culture that we worry about what other people think. The French couldn't care less if they make people unhappy.The full Pew study is here.