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BBC Poll: Most Popular Nations  
User currently offlineracko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4857 posts, RR: 20
Posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3613 times:

"The BBC World Service Country Rating Poll has been tracking opinions about country
influence in the world since 2005. The latest results are based on 28,619 in-home or
telephone interviews conducted across a total of 27 countries by the international polling firm
GlobeScan, together with the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the
University of Maryland. GlobeScan coordinated fieldwork between December 2, 2010 and
February 4, 2011."

Here are this year's results

Country % (of people who think this nation has a positive influence on the world)

Germany 62%
United Kingdom 58%
Canada 57%
EU 57%
Japan 57%
France 52%
Brazil 49%
USA 49%
China 44%
South Africa 42%
India 42%
South Korea 36%
Russia 34%
Israel 21%
Pakistan 17%
North Korea 16%
Iran 16%

The detailed results can be found here(PDF).

Didn't realize we were so popular.

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User currently offlinewolbo From Netherlands, joined Mar 2007, 494 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3587 times:

Quoting racko (Thread starter):
Didn't realize we were so popular.

And it would be even better if we got our bicycles back.  


User currently offlineGST From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 938 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3539 times:

I wonder who the 16% thinking North Korea is a positive influence could be....Can't all be PRC citizens, unless the number of polled people per sampled country is unequal.

User currently offlineJean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3521 times:

I was reading an article on this in the Canadian media. It seems we've taken a hit because of things like non-adherence to Kyoto, oilsands development, and seal hunting (two out of three of those I'll defend, but that's for another thread). Interestingly, though, it also said it's because of decreased aid to Africa from Canada. I found this odd because, while I can see why others would be unimpressed by it, I don't think it's been an issue on the domestic scene at all - at least I have not heard of this issue.

It's interesting how the things that make a country popular or unpopular on a global level may not be the things that are talked about within that country. I'm sure that not many people in those bottom three countries would be too concerned about the results of this poll.

Of course, to be a bit cynical, all of this is really moot because most people in the world are not very well-informed about international issues.

Still, congrats to the germans on going from - well, you know - to the most popular country on earth in just 65 years. I think you are seen worldwide as a peaceful country, both technologically advance and environmentally responsible. In Canada we only have 2/3 of those going for us right now, perception wise.

Just my 2 cents.

JL



Next flight.... who knows.
User currently offlineronglimeng From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 626 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3515 times:

"give us back our bicycles".

I always get a laugh when I hear this!


User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3418 times:

Quoting racko (Thread starter):
Didn't realize we were so popular.


I would not put a lot of faith in a poll!

The only way you could get 16% of those interviewed to say North Korea has a positive influence on the world, is if you only interviewed six (6) people and one (1) of them was Kim Jong-il.


User currently offlineracko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4857 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3302 times:

Quoting 474218 (Reply 5):
The only way you could get 16% of those interviewed to say North Korea has a positive influence on the world, is if you only interviewed six (6) people and one (1) of them was Kim Jong-il.

That might be the case from a Western point of view, but if you look at where NK got a result >16% you see Chile, Peru, Turkey, Russia, Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Indonesia, China and the Philippines - none of them is part of what we usually consider the "West". And while it's a minority opinion everywhere except Ghana, I wouldn't rule it out that there is a part of the population that considers it a positive thing that there's someone who "stands up" against Western foreign policy.


User currently offlinePyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 4059 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3233 times:

Quoting racko (Reply 6):
if you look at where NK got a result >16% you see Chile, Peru, Turkey, Russia, Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Indonesia, China and the Philippines - none of them is part of what we usually consider the "West".

Chile is most definitely in the West.



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User currently offlinesebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3682 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3218 times:

Quoting racko (Reply 6):
I wouldn't rule it out that there is a part of the population that considers it a positive thing that there's someone who "stands up" against Western foreign policy.

I fail to see how oppressing his people and threatening to launch a nuclear war makes Kim Jong-ILL (!) an opponent of the western foreign policy. He's just a psycho at the head of a starving country, nothing more.


User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3043 times:

Quoting racko (Thread starter):
this nation has a positive influence on the world

But the title and the question are not identical. The question was NOT about what nation is popular but about what nation has a positive influence on the world. And these are different aspects.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40066 posts, RR: 74
Reply 10, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3021 times:

Quoting racko (Thread starter):
USA 49%

I thought electing Obama was to make the rest of the world love us again.   



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User currently offlineronglimeng From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 626 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2934 times:

I can't see where this poll is providing anything in the way of useful information.

It occurs to me that the raw data has dubious credibility - how can the data collected represent anything more than a crude popularity contest of nations among people in places around the world?

I have to confess that even a highly educated, widely travelled, and well read (note the use of the Oxford comma) person such as myself, has no idea about how much positive influence, say, the nation of Brazil has on the world.

What I (and probably most other people) think of most other nations is not really scientifically formulated but based on personal prejudices and narrow personal experience.


User currently offlineSanti319 From Mexico, joined Dec 2005, 405 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2892 times:

Israel 21%? North Korea 16%? lol

User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6371 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2791 times:

Quoting racko (Thread starter):
South Africa 42%

Surprisingly high


But I didn't realize Namibia wasn't the most powerful! I have been fooled my whole life...  


User currently offlinebjorn14 From Norway, joined Feb 2010, 3680 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2609 times:

Quoting racko (Reply 6):
but if you look at where NK got a result >16% you see Chile, Peru, Turkey, Russia, Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Indonesia, China and the Philippines - none of them is part of what we usually consider the "West".

I would also argue the Phillipines as being in the West



"I want to know the voice of God the rest is just details" --A. Einstein
User currently offlineflanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1661 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2439 times:

Quoting racko (Thread starter):
USA 49%

Damn, ungrateful brats. Pull all the aid and let the rest of the world rot if thats the case.



Calling an illegal alien an 'undocumented immigrant' is like calling a drug dealer an unlicensed pharmacist
User currently offlineU2380 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2010, 325 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2373 times:

Quoting flanker (Reply 15):
Quoting racko (Thread starter):
USA 49%

Damn, ungrateful brats. Pull all the aid and let the rest of the world rot if thats the case.

If your being serious then just..
  


User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4534 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2298 times:

Quoting racko (Thread starter):
EU 57%

Is the EU a country? Not the last time I checked. Although I'm not a statistician, I think this muddies the water.



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User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 18, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2241 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 10):
USA 49%

I thought electing Obama was to make the rest of the world love us again

This in reality is sensational. The value at times under his predecessor was MINUS 49%
   


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40066 posts, RR: 74
Reply 19, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2120 times:

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 18):
This in reality is sensational. The value at times under his predecessor was MINUS 49%

Links?



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