June 23, 2005


Still not loved. Now not envied: Anti-Americanism is becoming entrenched, and getting more personal (The Economist, Jun 23rd 2005)

Pew asked its respondents to give favourability ratings to five nations: America, France, Germany, Japan and China. America came bottom of everyone's list everywhere except in India, where it was top, Poland, where it was in the middle and China, where it came above Japan.

The regnant nation isn't popular among the dying ones? Shocker.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 23, 2005 4:10 PM

India "top"? Now this IS interesting.

Posted by: Luciferous at June 23, 2005 4:12 PM

I'm more interested in what the Marine Corps thinks.

Posted by: Axel Kassel at June 23, 2005 4:13 PM

What countries did they poll? And how many of those allow their women to walk around unveiled?

The Economist has been a mouthpiece for the Saudis and/or their British enablers for as long as I can remember, easily 2 decades.

Posted by: bart at June 23, 2005 4:34 PM

King Lear, not Norman, right?

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 23, 2005 4:52 PM

There was a similar poll a while back; the only countries whose people gave the USA an overall positive rating were India, Poland, and the Philippines.

Posted by: Mike Earl at June 23, 2005 4:55 PM



Posted by: Peter B at June 23, 2005 5:05 PM

Oderint dum metuant:

Let them hate us, as long as they fear us.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at June 23, 2005 5:43 PM

Peter: I saw the headline, and expected to read something about how Norman Lear's kids had disappointed him by becoming conservatives. (Does Norman lear even have kids?)

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 23, 2005 6:10 PM

Notice how nobody asked Israel what they think.

Note also that the Indians, who are an up-and-coming nation, admire us. I like them, too.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at June 23, 2005 6:18 PM

"Now not envied"? Huh? What is jealousy but envy with an extra dash of hatred? And make no mistake, folks all across the world are EXTREMELY jealous of Americans...

Posted by: b at June 23, 2005 7:15 PM

the economist is a worthless rag. anti-semitic, boring, and uninformed.

Posted by: cjm at June 23, 2005 7:34 PM

"Pew asked its respondents -- the gold standard of international opinion surveys"

And we care what they think of us because . . .

Posted by: erp at June 23, 2005 7:47 PM

The appropriate response is indifference.

Posted by: Genecis at June 23, 2005 10:17 PM

I assume Pew didn't exist a hundred years ago, but I'd bet quite a bit Americans are wildly popular compared with, say, late 19th century Brits. All of Europe and America were chippy about them to varying degrees and rooting loudly for for the poor, oppressed Boers. British hyperpower was just too insufferable, and the world had to be made safer by challenging it. They looked to Germany. Inspired choice.

Posted by: Peter B at June 24, 2005 11:50 AM
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