This latest GlobeScan survey, mostly of the same people, confirms those findings. But it also suggests that two countries are viewed even more negatively - first Israel, and then Iran. North Korea is just behind the US. Israel, of course, has long provoked sharp international reactions, and last year was involved in a controversial war in Lebanon. Iran and North Korea have both been at the centre of international disputes over their nuclear programmes. Canada, Japan, and the EU are viewed most positively, perhaps because they have all taken less high-profile roles in the world's recent confrontations. India is one country in the survey that seems to have improved its standing in the last year.
In general, opinion seems to divide along the traditional fault lines of international politics. Israel is viewed most negatively in the Muslim countries of the Middle East, although also in Europe. Iran is viewed most positively in the Muslim world. Japan is generally viewed positively, except in China and South Korea. The EU similarly gets good marks, except most notably in Turkey, and also in parts of the Middle East.
But as they say in the advertising game;
"IMAGE IS NOTHING...THIRST IS EVERYTHING."
I wonder how many people taking this poll know about the NATIVE GENOCIDE that in still ongoing with contaminated water supplies, oppression, torture, etc.
I wonder how many people taking this poll are even aware of the HOURLY violations to their basic human rights the poor & homeless suffer at the hands of police & officials.
I wonder how many people reading this post care...enough to Stand with us, and change it.