James M. Lindsay

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Lindsay analyzes the politics shaping U.S. foreign policy and the sustainability of American power.

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Who Wins the Foreign Policy Popularity Contest?

by James M. Lindsay
February 17, 2012

People walk over a world map in Lisbon. (Jose Manuel Ribeiro/courtesy Reuters) People walk over a world map in Lisbon. (Jose Manuel Ribeiro/courtesy Reuters)


We read a lot about what people in other countries think of the United States. What do Americans think about other countries? Thanks to the latest Gallup poll, we have an idea. The news is good for our friends north of the border.  Canada gets a thumbs up from 96 percent of Americans.  At least nine-in-ten Americans like their “mates” in Australia and their “blokes” in Great Britain.

The news isn’t so good for the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Pakistan, or Afghanistan, all of which are viewed favorably by fewer than one-in-five Americans. Not surprisingly, Iran comes in at the bottom of the list with only 10 percent favorability.

Which country’s favorability rating most surprises you?

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  • Posted by syed Faisal imam

    interesting to see the ratings.

    Why so much negativity towards Iran?

    One feels that it is a reflection of the media and in what manner it presents it to the American people.

    International relations are conducted on the basis of the mindset created by this hype rather than reality.

    Iran is a threat to whom and for what? so many States have gone nuclear or have the potential to do so. they are an old civilisation and have survived the test of times. they have shown responsibility.
    if one leader of the U.S. has the same vision as Nixon vis a vis China; the world and especially the U.S. would benefit.
    Similarly if there are other States which cannot get their act together,find the faults and then the cures for them.
    Make them open up and become a part of contributing world.

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