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What the World Thinks in 2002

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by Advocat, Dec 4, 2002.

  1. Advocat

    Advocat Viral Memes a Speciality Staff Member

    Just out from the Pew Research Center in Washington DC, the "What the World Thinks in 2002" survey looks at 44 countries around the world.
    Summary:
    http://people-press.org/reports/display.php3?ReportID=165
    Full Survey (Adobe Acrobat):
    http://people-press.org/reports/files/report165.pdf
    Topline Resuts (Adobe Acrobat):
    http://people-press.org/reports/files/report165topline.pdf

    Questions include general satisfaction, outlook for the future, crime concerns, and... as you might have expected... a large number of questions about how other countries view the US in general, as well as a number of US policies/actions.

    The full survey and topline info can show some interesting results if gone through in detail.

    Comments, analysis?
     
  2. bruzzes

    bruzzes Truthslayer

    Fantastic link Advocat. It may take some time to browse read and comprehend before any anaylsis.
    So interesting to see how others see us.
     
  3. Pyrion

    Pyrion Liquid Metal Nanomorph

    *reads the headline of the summary and shrugs*

    Huh. No surprise there.
     
  4. Stiofan

    Stiofan Master Po

    Good link, I tend to take most polls with a grain of salt. Depends on the questins and how they were asked, etc.
     
  5. Advocat

    Advocat Viral Memes a Speciality Staff Member

    A few interesting notes from the survey:

    * Unlike many publics, the Russians have a much better opinion of the United States than they had in 2000. Six-in-ten Russian respondents have a favorable view of the U.S. now, compared with 37% two years ago.

    * For all of the French criticism of U.S. policies, Americas image in France has not declined over the past two years. Still, French ratings of the United States continue to be among the lowest in Europe.

    * There remains a substantial gap in personal satisfaction in Germany, with respondents in former West Germany more positive about their lives than their counterparts in the East. But former West Germans are the sole European public that showed no increase in personal satisfaction since the early 1990s.

    * The post-communist generation in Eastern Europe is much more upbeat about their lives than those age 35 and older.

    * Despite deep dissatisfaction and pessimism about their lives and country, an unusually high proportion of Japanese say they have no major personal concerns.

    * While crime is a top national problem all around the world, it ranks high as a pressing personal concern in Latin American countries, especially in Honduras.

    * Fully 15% of Americans say there have been times in the past year they have been unable to afford food the highest proportion in any advanced economy. But levels of reported deprivation in Angola are highest in the world; 86% of Angolans report being unable to afford food at some point in the last 12 months.

    * Africa is the only region in which a significant minority volunteers hunger as a personal problem.

    * Canada is the only country in the West in which a majority of those surveyed express satisfaction with national conditions.
     
  6. mikeky

    mikeky Member

    I thought this was interesting as well. I wonder what precipitated the change? 911? The change from Clinton to Bush?
     

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