baroque
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BBC Survey On US Role In World

Tue Jan 23, 2007 10:23 pm

The BBC has the results of a poll on attitudes to a number of issues where the US is involved on:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6288933.stm

"'Listen more' is world's message to US
A BBC international opinion poll suggests there is widespread disquiet about the United States' role in Iraq and its other foreign policy priorities. The BBC's Jonathan Marcus analyses the results."

A PDF file with the survey results can be found at
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/23_01_07_us_poll.pdf
It is 1.79 megs.
 
turbo7x7
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RE: BBC Survey On US Role In World

Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:03 am

Baroque, I can tell you that in the U.S., Bush's numbers have been gradually lowering for almost two years now.

So not only does the world disapprove of Dubya but it seems to me that the American people have reached a point where they've simply given up on him. I seriously doubt the numbers will ever creep up back to positive territory.

These stats come from a WaPo article that came out yesterday, which I've linked below. Here's a few that stand out:

Only 26% of Americans think the country is headed in the right direction, the worst in more than a decade. . . stay the course?  Wink

65% overall disapproval rating, 51% STRONGLY disapprove! That's a new high, er, low!  Smile

29% approve of his handling of the Iraq war, only 1 point higher than his career low

46% approval rating for handling terrorism, also close to his previous lowest point. It surprises me that this number has now edged into negative territory.

But here's some more surprises:

only 42% trust the president in a crisis, the first time he's in negative territory in this crucial element.

and most interesting, 55% now say he has NOT made the country safer, the first time a majority has made that judgment.

On Iraq:

28% say Bush's Iraq policy has contributed to long-term peace and stability in the ME

36% think it has encouraged the spread of democracy in the region

it's about 50/50 on whether the war has made the lives of Iraqi citizens better


It's interesting to see how U.S. views are starting to dovetail with the rest of the world. Democracy in action: messy and slow, but eventually there are always "corrections."  Wink

I think the American people would like the Pres. to "listen more" to them as well, or at least to the newly Democrat-tilted Congress!  Smile

Now I know I'll be slammed by the Bushistas that the polls are just numbers, and you can make numbers say anything and blah, blah.  Yeah sure

All I can say is: I think these numbers accurately reflect what happened on Nov. 7, 2006.

It seems that the WaPo link is now dead so here's two alternative ones:

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/sub...world/story/3852658p-4457402c.html

http://freeinternetpress.com/story.php?sid=10224
 
baroque
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RE: BBC Survey On US Role In World

Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:49 pm

Quoting Turbo7x7 (Reply 1):
So not only does the world disapprove of Dubya but it seems to me that the American people have reached a point where they've simply given up on him. I seriously doubt the numbers will ever creep up back to positive territory.



Quoting Turbo7x7 (Reply 1):
It's interesting to see how U.S. views are starting to dovetail with the rest of the world. Democracy in action: messy and slow, but eventually there are always "corrections."

Yes, Turbo, it did occur to me looking at the BBC graphs, that they are now similar to polls in the US. It looks as if the Bush doctrine has its best opportunities now in India but he should steer clear of Argentina.

I don't recall if the last survey of this type had the same difference but the first Question refers to the "US" whereas Q2 is about the "United States Government"

In their summary, the BEEB does not distinguish between the US and the US government. It seems to me that this is unfortunate. It depends a bit on what you think the US government is, but as you point out Turbo, the US opinion is not with the White House. Perhaps it is now necessary to draw a distinction between the US administration and Congress - one that was not needed last year for example.

I suppose it was inevitable that disapproval of the US Admin was going to wash over more generally, but it seems unfortunate that this seems to occur just at a time when world opinion and US opinion are making common cause.

Reminds one of the last words of Ned Kelly as he stepped forward on his platform, "such is life".
 
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RE: BBC Survey On US Role In World

Wed Jan 24, 2007 3:01 pm

Quoting Baroque (Thread starter):

Thanks for sharing. That sounds pretty interesting.

Cheers.

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