Global Attitudes

GLOBAL ATTITUDES….Over at Democracy Arsenal, Suzanne Nossel reads the latest Pew Global Attitudes Survey so you don’t have to. In summary, we’re doing slightly better than last year, but we’re still pretty unpopular and this unpopularity is apparently spilling over into declining support for the war on terror. Then there’s this:

One surprising finding is that in several places like Indonesia and Pakistan, while America’s image has improved, American people are held in lower regard than in previous surveys. We’ve always held to the notion that people around the world separate their views of the U.S. government and policies from their attitudes toward Americans; is this no longer true? Is U.S. public support for policies that are unpopular around the world narrowing the gap? Will that make anti-U.S. feelings more durable?

That sounds about right to me.

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