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Halardfan
Oct 15th, 2004, 08:45 AM
In a new series of polls pulbished today, 10 countries around the world were asked their opinion of the Americans and its presidential candidates...

Opinions of the US people are generally positive...

72% of the French say they have a favourable view of the Americans as a whole...73% of Canadians say the same, while the number is 62% in Britain (So Americans are actually more liked in France than Britain! A surprise!)

Crucially these numbers help give the lie to the Republican charge that all the anti-Bush sentiment is merely the work of the usual anti-American suspects.

When voters were asked whether they had a favourable or unfavourable opinion of GW Bush, there were radically different results...

75% unfavourable in France
64% in Canada and Australia

How about Britain, leading ally in the war on terror, truest friend in the world... Surely they like GW? Nah! 60% unfavourable to 25% favourable!

Only ONE country in the ten gave Bush the vote as favourable...and they did it in a BIG way...

70% Favourable opinion of GW.
24% Unfavourable

Who? Israel.

If you want to know how balanced GW's take on Israel/Palestine has been, then look at those numbers! Israel is the one major country that loves GW!

When it comes to voting Bush v Kerry, 8 out of the 10 countries go for Kerry, and by a long way.

In Britain its Kerry 50% Bush 22%...Kerry 60% Bush 20% in Canada...Kerry 72% Bush 16% in France.

Russia in the wake of its own wave of terrorism, goes narrowly for Bush. The hardline Putin not too far from hardline Bush.

The one country to go clearly for Bush is...Israel again, 50% for Bush, just 24% for Kerry.

flyingmachine
Oct 15th, 2004, 08:57 AM
For me this is not surprising. :o However for some of the Americans this will be. :angel:

Halardfan
Oct 15th, 2004, 09:20 AM
Again, the vital thing is that its not a totally anti-American poll...it shows that people's problem is NOT with Americans but is with GW Bush. :)

esquímaux
Oct 15th, 2004, 09:20 AM
Frenchies :hearts: Canadians :hearts: Brits :ras::p:angel:

Mariangelina
Oct 15th, 2004, 10:42 AM
I am the world! :bounce: Cool! Or the world is agreeing with me! Whatever! :bounce:

turt
Oct 15th, 2004, 02:54 PM
Yeah, I'm not anti-USA, but GW Bush is more of a threat for world's peace than Saddam Hussein was... GWB actually has Weapons of Mass Destruction...

I Love Sharapova
Oct 15th, 2004, 06:13 PM
I can kind of believe that.

selking
Oct 15th, 2004, 06:36 PM
hes gonna be pres so you guys can hate him for 4 more years.

I Love Sharapova
Oct 15th, 2004, 06:51 PM
hes gonna be pres so you guys can hate him for 4 more years.
Most likely

Evelyn Tremble
Oct 15th, 2004, 07:19 PM
Why would we hate Americans? Why would we need a poll to state what is fact?
The majority of Americans are law abiding -hard working - genuine friendly people. The same as in any country throughout the world. It’s not the people that the likes of Europe has a problem with - it’s American foreign policy which stirs up hatred and anti-American fervour throughout the world.
As for 9/11 it wasn’t an attack solely against America. It was an attack which occurred on American soil against every democratic state throughout the world.
True it had been influenced by events in the Middle East - but during 'Desert Storm' many nationalities took part in the liberation of Kuwait.

Crazy Canuck
Oct 16th, 2004, 12:04 AM
I can kind of believe that.
Anybody who has left the US and not had one seriously negative experience on their one trip out ever should believe that ;)

Disliking the government and disliking the people are two very, very different things. Some people group the two together, but those people aren't rational. There is little sense trying to reason with the irrational. Thankfully, those people are not the majority ;)

Crazy Canuck
Oct 16th, 2004, 12:05 AM
hes gonna be pres so you guys can hate him for 4 more years.
Those who "hate" him will probably hate him long after that too :devil:

pcrtennis
Oct 16th, 2004, 12:42 AM
I think many of you from other countries have this bizarre idea that your views of American Domestic politics are of any importance. I couldn't care less about what these other countries think of Bush, WE choose OUR president and it doesn't matter what a bunch of people from Europe, who don't know what's going on in our country in the first place, think.

Mariangelina
Oct 16th, 2004, 01:06 AM
The American government's views on Iraqi domestic politics seem to have been of some importance, eh? :lol:

Crazy Canuck
Oct 16th, 2004, 01:36 AM
I think many of you from other countries have this bizarre idea that your views of American Domestic politics are of any importance. I couldn't care less about what these other countries think of Bush, WE choose OUR president and it doesn't matter what a bunch of people from Europe, who don't know what's going on in our country in the first place, think.

People being concerned about the foreign policy of a rich, powerful, active nation makes perfect sense. I'm sorry to hear that you can't understand that and have this bizarre idea that this means we think you care.

KoOlMaNsEaN
Oct 16th, 2004, 01:39 AM
im surprised at those results! :eek:

Fingon
Oct 16th, 2004, 02:24 AM
In a new series of polls pulbished today, 10 countries around the world were asked their opinion of the Americans and its presidential candidates...

Opinions of the US people are generally positive...

72% of the French say they have a favourable view of the Americans as a whole...73% of Canadians say the same, while the number is 62% in Britain (So Americans are actually more liked in France than Britain! A surprise!)

Crucially these numbers help give the lie to the Republican charge that all the anti-Bush sentiment is merely the work of the usual anti-American suspects.

When voters were asked whether they had a favourable or unfavourable opinion of GW Bush, there were radically different results...

75% unfavourable in France
64% in Canada and Australia

How about Britain, leading ally in the war on terror, truest friend in the world... Surely they like GW? Nah! 60% unfavourable to 25% favourable!

Only ONE country in the ten gave Bush the vote as favourable...and they did it in a BIG way...

70% Favourable opinion of GW.
24% Unfavourable

Who? Israel.

If you want to know how balanced GW's take on Israel/Palestine has been, then look at those numbers! Israel is the one major country that loves GW!

When it comes to voting Bush v Kerry, 8 out of the 10 countries go for Kerry, and by a long way.

In Britain its Kerry 50% Bush 22%...Kerry 60% Bush 20% in Canada...Kerry 72% Bush 16% in France.

Russia in the wake of its own wave of terrorism, goes narrowly for Bush. The hardline Putin not too far from hardline Bush.

The one country to go clearly for Bush is...Israel again, 50% for Bush, just 24% for Kerry.
I am not saying it's not true, I know a majority or people outside the US don't like/hate Bush,

said that, come on, give me a break with those polls, how many people they interviewed? what's the composition of the sample? I tell you that because I don't believe there is a 72 % approval for the americans in France, whatever.

This is in my opinion a manipulated poll just to show how bad Bush is.

And the Israel numbers? give me another break, Bush is not the only american president pro-israel, they all have been, from Truman to Bush, so that poll says nothing.

And the love for americans hate for Bush? what about 9/11?

A final word in the polls, not only it matters that the sample is well choosen and big enough, but also, how do you know people are saying the truth?, again, I don't doubt the majority hate Bush but many don't give a damn.

Here in Canada, at least among the people I know, they really couldn't care less, all they care is that the US is the largets Canada's trade partner and they want someone who will have a policy favourable to Canada

pcrtennis
Oct 16th, 2004, 02:36 AM
Though I understand that American politics does, to some extent, affect the international community I don't think people from France, Britain, Australia or wherever really know what's in the best interest of the American people and that is most important when it comes to American elections, not what the rest of the world thinks.

Halardfan
Oct 16th, 2004, 07:06 AM
The polls were a global thing, published by 10 respected newspapers in each of the countries in the poll.

The results do offer a reasonable reflection of opinion.

What happens in this election will have a fundemental effect on my country, no slight one...on the prospect of future wars, on the chance of environmnetal issues which affect us all ever being tackled, third world issues set to dominate our future...At his worse Bush represent a strain of Christian fundemntalism which is a huge danger to the world, witness all the stuff in the deabte about God guiding hus foriegn policy! Frightning!

Understand too that Bush is doing underlying damage to the US reputation...

15% of British voters opinion of the US has improved in the last three years...for 45% though, their perceptions have got worse.

You may say it doesn't matter, that the USA doesn't need anyone...the fact is, it does...oh it can always buy friends here and there, but true friends are harder to come by. A Bush win will do further damge to British/US relations.

flyingmachine
Oct 16th, 2004, 10:17 AM
Oh yes indeed damage reputation is hard to fix.

pcrtennis
Oct 16th, 2004, 04:29 PM
Again, this election is about the American people and no one else. What the President does in the US is muucchhh more important than trying to please the British, French, Spanish or whoever else. We are the sole Super power and of course there are going to be many that don't like us but our reputation among the people in the rest of the world is most definitely not the most pressing issue, not at all.

Evelyn Tremble
Oct 16th, 2004, 06:21 PM
American politics are affecting what is happening throughout the world. The present election is being played against the backdrop of the ‘Iraq war’ which some American politicians are using to have themselves re-elected.
Americans may think we should not care about her own domestic policy (and frankly we don’t). I wish America would follow the same example when trying to foist her opinions on domestic policies within other nations globally.
And the ‘rest of the world’ is a most pressing issue when it comes to as the ‘Bush administration named it - War On Terror’. For without the help of the likes of the ‘British, French, Spanish or whoever else’ aiding America she will be ostracized and standing alone in her fight. The exact result that Islamic fundamentalism is trying to achieve. Why they need bother I ponder to think because America seems to be satisfactorily achieving this goal herself.