Interactive: The World Is Falling Out of Love With America — Again

Compare any two years in the Pew Research Center's ongoing survey of global attitudes toward the U.S.

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When the Pew Global Attitudes project polled French citizens on their opinion of the U.S. in 2008, it heard a familiar story: nearly 60% had an unfavorable impression of America, while only about 40% had a favorable one — levels that had remained steady since 2003.

A year later, in 2009, those levels had flipped and then some: with President Barack Obama in office, suddenly 75% of the French had a favorable opinion vs. 25% unfavorable, a net change of 65 percentage points.

From the day he took office, at least one legacy of Obama’s presidency appeared set in stone: foreign countries like him much, much more than George W. Bush. But in the past three years, more countries have gotten colder than warmer. With European leaders fuming over U.S. surveillance of their communications, it is not out of the question that some nations with return to Bush-era contempt for the U.S.

In the following infographic, you can compare any two years of the Pew Research Center’s survey since 2002 to see which countries have gotten less (red) or more (green) friendly. A comparison of 2002 to 2008, for example, tells you everything you need to know about Bush’s effect in this department. (Click the green links to automatically update the sliders below.) A comparison of 2008 to 2010 offers a view of the initial Obama bump, while 2010 to 2013 shows the decline in Europe. (Slide over the individual countries to see the hard data.) One can even see that Pakistan preferred the U.S. of 2005 to the U.S. of the present. Like at home, Obama appears to suffer from the animosity born of high expectations.

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valentine.godoflove
valentine.godoflove

IN CAPS....FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE ELDERLY.....DEFEND THE WEAK AGAINST TYRANTS....KNIGHT TEMPLAR

THE WORLD HATES AMERICA......NO WONDER WHY......THE LEADER IS DESTROYING THE COUNTRY FROM THE INSIDE.....TURNING IT INTO A NNEO COMMUNIST LLEFTWING ENVIRONMENTAL WACKO STATE OF OBAMINATIONN....

THE LIGHT OF THE FREE WORD IS BEING EXTINGUISHED BY OBAMA THE MOOSLEM FIFTH COLUMNIST WHO HATES COLONIAL POWERS.....FULFILLING THE "DREAMS OF HIS FATHER".....READ OBAMA's ONLY BOOK HE WROTE PERSONALLY......BEFORE....HE BECAME PRESIDENT.....

WHO WILL SAVE US AGAINST THIS DESTROYER OF AMERICA.....THE GENERALS SEEM INCOMPETENT......THE PEOPLE NOT CARING.....WHERE IS THE MESSIAH?......

VALENTINE, COMEDIAN....LOKL

StephenSwain
StephenSwain

They don't "like" us?  Wonder why.  We need to focus on nation-building here at home, which includes reinventing our economy, our institutions, and the ways we treat and value each other.  The sooner we get out of the military misadventure business, the better.  We've shot our wad, and them some.  Time to scope-down the military footprint, go after the bad guys as quietly and stealthily as possible, and quit lying about everything under the sun.  

Tomster
Tomster

Stop worrying about what the world thinks of us.  Stop wasting our borrowed money with troops in every nook and cranny of the world.   Spend the tax money in educating and caring for the citizens of this country.  I know this "rich" guy who was always buying people beer and throwing parties and wanting people to think he is such a big shot, but it turns out his credit card debt buried him and he is losing his house.    

daridekas
daridekas

thats not so bad.U.S is a super power so they will start to love her again when they will come to the point that they will need her and they will ask for help.and that time they will love her more than before.

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SharongeGe
SharongeGe

my friend's mom makes $62 every hour on the internet. She has been unemployed for 8 months but last month her check was $13696 just working on the internet for a few hours. ......>>>>>>>>>>  www.jobs60.ℂom

YehudaElyada
YehudaElyada

Let me paraphrase what Ben Gurion (Israel's founding PM) advised us regarding world opinion: Never mind what they say, what's important is what you do. Just make sure you do the right thing (I know, it's not trivial to judge what right in a complex world. But using commonsense and clear conscious is a good starting point) and never pay attention to the voices of people who wouldn't give a damn if you go down the drain, up in flames, or get stuck in the IED infested mud. They need someone to bash in order to imagine themselves superior (as their history is generally not something to be proud of). But we know that their high-mindedness will evaporate the minute they'll face the consequences of burying their dubious heads in the sand for too long. Just look how un-liberal the Euro media and public become when dealing with their internal irritations, from immigration to unemployment. America is not just the country of the free from 3,000 years of European wars, it's also the country of the free from current Euro hypocrisy and superiority complex. Stay assured, we love you America - even when transient differences split our governments.

MichaelW.Perry
MichaelW.Perry

I'm no fan of LBJ, but I am impressed with his response when France's DeGaulle called him, demanding that all U.S. troops be removed from France. LBJ asked if that included all those buried in France after fighting France's wars.

Somehow, I can't get motivated to lie awake at night fretting about what the French and Germans think about the U.S. Hundreds of thousands of Americans died to free the French from German occupation twice. Vast sums of money were spent protecting both France and Germany from Soviet occupation.

The only proper attitude for the French and Germans to have toward us is one of profound gratefulness for the prosperity and freedoms they enjoy.


RJWagner
RJWagner

At least with Bush, socialist Europe may have hated us, but at last our enemies feared us.  Obama has managed the uncanny feat of turning himself into a hegemonic brute to our allies and a pushover to our enemies.

us89na
us89na

Who Cares?

What has the world done for us?

LeahPetersen
LeahPetersen

I think we could have elected Rufus the Dog in 2008 and the world would have loved us just for NOT having Bush anymore.

fgoodwin
fgoodwin

Why do we keep sending foreign aid to countries that hate us?  Let's keep all that money here for a few years and see how much they like us then.

postingonline42
postingonline42

If you put it on 2007 and 2013 the map turns all green.

I don't like America's recent actions and foreigners shouldn't either, but given the numbers, the headline could just as easily have read "public opinion increases drastically in America's favor in the last six years"

You know what they say about lies, damned lies, and statistics.

douglitas
douglitas

There was a young man from the States,

He followed the latest interest rates,

He then moved to France, proceeded to dance,

As an expat he gets lots of dates.

allthingsinaname
allthingsinaname

Oh I do not know.

The term Ugly American has been used throughout  my life, as far as influence it is probably the recognition of the influence the US still has.

The more things change the more they remain the same. There is no story here.

PatRoy
PatRoy

Of course no one likes us, the liberals keep telling everyone how horrible we are. They forget WWII, the fact that we are basically the worlds bread basket, that we are almost the sole provider of aid in the world.  Sure, you got your president putting you down every other day and sure people are going to listen.  We have to stamp out progressivism and socialism in the United States and get back to the business of FREEDOM.  That's what the rest of the world used to look up to.

MarcDunn
MarcDunn

france don't like us i guess they forget who helped save their azz'z ----- they like our money though

melder
melder

Who cares whether the French likes the US or not?

It's always the same - ambivalent and sneering attitudes towards the US until the s$$t goes down somewhere in the world like Syria and then the world automatically turns to the US again to do the military heavy lifting and expend most of the cost and most of the blood.

I don't know why anyone is surprised by the spying allegations. The current administration is Socialist and that's what Socialists do - control your lives and tell you its for your own good because they are ivy league educated and like to think they know better than you do about how your life is run. That's why we have an Obamacare fiasco, a Spying fiasco and a Budget deficit fiasco and a Benghazi cover up

The Republicans were stupid. They should have just kept quiet and the Administration would bury itself by the mid-term elections with all these screw-ups.

SuZieCoyote
SuZieCoyote

This whole thing brings to mind the story of a man, his wife and the man's mistress.  Everyone knows the others exist, but the wife pretends like there is nothing going on so as not to lose her marriage. But one day the wife has the evidence brought to attention via a friend or catching her husband and the mistress together.  She always knew.  But now she publicly knows.  She has to act angry, shocked and is now expected to do something.  Every country spies.  Every president, both parties have authorized spying (and the secret police will do it with or without authorization.)  Suddenly we have all this phoney outrage. 

humtake
humtake

I can make ANYONE fall in love with me if I got behind a podium and promised them everything in the world.  That's the person Liberals fell in love with.  They didn't care that there was no way he could live up to those promises.  They didn't care that reality provided all the logic needed to understand what he was saying was face value.  All they cared is that someone got behind a podium, told them the problems, and then promised to fix everything.  Anyone can be loved for doing that.  The people who actually DO things are the ones other people don't like.  That's the world we live in now.

rnconsta
rnconsta

In 2002 Bush and Cheney began this spying.  Let us put the blame where it belongs.

StephenSwain
StephenSwain

@Tomster You are so right.  If the Iraqis want to slaughter each other daily, let them.  But first, we need to get our people and equipment out of there ASAP.  Same goes for Afghanistan.  We have not vital interests there.  If the Chinese want to mine copper there, good.  Let them.  Then they can be shot at.  That country has always been a "failed state".  We have wasted my grandson's future education and that of millions of other little kids mired in those damned mountains chasing after troglodytes.



seizeabe
seizeabe

He's not the POTUS now!

He gave tax-cuts for the rich, they didn't ask for.

While, rushing into 2 wars, unpaid for.

Gave a Medicare part-d largesse unpaid for.

He Deregulated mortgage, investment, and financial companies...

And, those companies ripped off homes, savings, retirement of ordinary citizens.

Homeowners were driven out of their homes, foreclosed, and lost values.

He in his ivory-tower, clueless that the country's economy was crashing...

Financial institutions were going belly up...

In no time he gave a $1 Trillion bailout, to those who caused it in the first place....

And, they in turn took home millions in bonuses.

For him the country's economy was in excellent shape, even in September 2008.

The country was losing over 750,000 jobs each month, as he was going home himself...

8 million Americans lost their jobs, as he was losing his.

No one individual has taken so many from prosperity to poverty, thoughtlessly.

And, America lost face, leaving the world a less peaceful place.

Hope we're referring to the same "rich" guy !

StephenSwain
StephenSwain

@SharongeGe Your friend doesn't even have a mom!  Your friend is a clone, and so are you.  So pipe down.

luisdyding
luisdyding

@YehudaElyada wrong thinking! american is arrogant, they do thing for there only benefit. american is war a criminal.

jimmyjimmyjimmy111
jimmyjimmyjimmy111

@YehudaElyada Right. Quote Ben Gurion. The founding father of Israel. How's Israel doing with that "never mind what they say" thing? 

DerrickSpooger
DerrickSpooger

@MichaelW.Perry  It certainly wasn't hundreds of thousands of Americans. If I remember correctly, in WWII, it is was around 250,000 Allies that died in North Africa, Italy & Western Europe to destroy Germany. Subtract all the deaths of the other Allied nations - Australia, NZ, France, India, South Africa, Poland, Canada, Southern Rhodesia, etc then you get the total US ware dead in the European theatre.

I think Europe owes a greater debt to the Soviet Union with its 20 million dead and to how it dissipated the strength of the Germans and then pushed them back into Germany.

Cold War America did not want to acknowledge this role paid by the USSR and so it trumpeted and exaggerated its achievements. I see that spin is still active.

barneydidit
barneydidit

@RJWagner Enemies feared us?  Putin walked into Georgia like he owned the place despite Rice's "sternly worded objections". Iran, Iraq...can't really think of anyone that showed much fear of Bush. 

LutzBarz
LutzBarz

@us89na bought your goods. bought your tv-movies-I even buy US indie bands! But your country won't reciprocate. it's called free trade your way. Still. life goes on

LutzBarz
LutzBarz

@fgoodwin most donor countries use aid money that recirculates back into their economy. Australia long time ago-donated a bridge to Vietnam. The steel was made locally and shipped to Vietnam. Just one example. Food aid is sourced in the donor country helping their farmers. I saw an Australian Holden [GM} in Kathmandu! etc

StephenSwain
StephenSwain

@postingonline42 Who said that?  Could it have been Mr. Samuel Langhorne Clemens?  Or was it rather, Mr. Mark Twain?  The correct answer is: "Yes".


LutzBarz
LutzBarz

@PatRoy you never had socialism your way. not even close. centre right is the leftest your pollies ever leaned.

douglitas
douglitas

@PatRoy I'm going to take your silence to mean that you dug deep down and admitted to yourself that you were just spouting lies. That's awesome! Being honest with ourselves is the first step in being honest with others. I'm glad to see that just a little tough love on this message board did you so much good.

LeahPetersen
LeahPetersen

@PatRoy Considering that almost the entire first world is more liberal than we are. I'm thinking this makes no sense whatsoever. It's our puritanical, self-righteous meddling they can't stand.

Klar1zze
Klar1zze

@PatRoy That is where you are wrong... sole provider of aid in the world? I can think of many other countries that "aid" the world and actually avoid staying out of war. Or you mean economically? Last time I checked the US had a massive government shutdown cause they could not define how the money would be handled... One thing I do recognize and admire about the US is how they manage to severely brainwash their citizens into thinking they should be the ones managing the whole world... who made you judge and party in every decision on earth?

douglitas
douglitas

@PatRoy Give me one quote--*one actual quote*--where our president "puts us down." Do it NOW. 

If you can't do it...please, please, please try to think of the reasons why you go around saying inflammatory things like that when you know they're not true. Be honest with yourself. It's not cool to spread lies and maliciousness just because you feel like it.

BarneyHaynes
BarneyHaynes

@melder So many idiots on this page. Look at America's most recent 'military heavy lifting' you conned the world into believing that Saddam Hussien had WMD's for an excuse to invade. Since then, 1m (probably more) have died as a result of skirmishes, radiation poisoning (look up Justice for Fallujah) and subsequent birth defects, and decimated food and health resources. 

Do you think that is a good legacy? 

Also onto your point about Socialism. How about you actually find out what that word means before trying to claim that the Centre Right Obama administration who is indebted to the Financial sector is a socialist. 

America has some serious problems and your comments are indicative of them. Enjoy your decline

StephenSwain
StephenSwain

@melder A pan handler worked hard all day to be able to step into his favorite Wall Street watering hole for a drink.  Next to him, in a bespoke suit, was a very huffy Wall Street lawyer, who caressing his Lagavulin turned disdainfully to his neighbor and said, "Cleanliness is next to godliness, John Wesley."  His neighbor the pan handler, savoring his Glenlivet, turned deliberately and slow toward him and said, "Screw the French!"  Winston S. Churchill.

LeahPetersen
LeahPetersen

@melder "the world automatically turns to the US again to do the military heavy lifting and expend most of the cost and most of the blood."

You assume the rest of the world ever had any intention of sending their military into other sovereign countries and they just sit back and let us do it for them. Most other countries don't think they have the right to police the world. They're not taking advantage of us, they're shaking their heads at these crazy Americans. Again.

Klar1zze
Klar1zze

@melder What $$$ ? Last time I checked you had a massive government shutdown because of $$$

douglitas
douglitas

@melder Sounds like one doesn't have to go all the way to France to find someone who hates the U.S.

melder
melder

@rnconsta Cretin - Obama has been in power for 6 years and could have stopped it at any time. You don't think he really didn't know that the phones of all the top leaders were being tapped? - He gets a document every morning from the security services called the Presidential Daily Brief (PDB). Intelligence updates are summarized in that document. He had to have know he was getting intelligence from phone tapping of world leaders. Sorry - he (and you) don't get to BS his way out of this one.

DavidGibler
DavidGibler

@rnconsta But, they're long gone. And how does blaming those not in power change anything? The new guy with the keys hasn't changed anything so what exactly is your point?

crashtx1
crashtx1

@rnconsta So your president has been in office for six years, so he is either a raving idiot(highly possible) or he wanted the spying to continue(also possible). So just curious, is he actually responsible for anything?

StephenSwain
StephenSwain

@mexoplex @RJWagner Not so, sir or ma'am.  Fear did not enter into OBL's decision to send all those young men to die.  He was so deeply enraged with his own father's neglectful attitude toward him that we became his wet dream.  Any time a man has 57 children (or whatever it was), somebody is going to be badly left out.  Osama was not the pretty boy of the clan.  And, like Fidel and Raúl Castro, who were raised in the small house behind the big house, where the "legitimate" children lived, he hated his father, just as the Castro brothers did.  This is not Rocket Science.

LutzBarz
LutzBarz

@LeahPetersen @RJWagner there was something very dodgy about OBL being not taken - but taken out! One wonders why? Given what he knew! or didn't! Either way...

StephenSwain
StephenSwain

@barneydidit @RJWagner You mean Condee?  That woman should never have been promoted beyond the multiple levels of her incompetence.  She was a disaster from the get-go.


formerlyjames
formerlyjames

@douglitas @PatRoy 

Spreading lies is what Republicans do, especially the Tea Party faction.  It's their job.  That, plus they don't know fact from fiction to begin with.

us89na
us89na

@LeahPetersen @melder Oh - and the French didnt just send a big force into Mali?  And the British didn't defend the Falklands?  And the Australians didn't send a force into East Timor?

Learn something and don't just quote what your leftist pals say.

vulgus_regula
vulgus_regula

@@Klar1zze We did not have a massive government shutdown.  

It was 17% of the government for 2 weeks.  The markets all went up over this period and the worst case scenario stated that 24 Billion dollars were wasted.  

The Federal Government is going to spend  $2,902,000,000,000.00  (2.9 T) this year, a two week portion of that is $111,615,384,615.39 (111.6 B).  

So the shutdown based on a progressive estimate cost us 21% more for the two weeks then we normally throw out the window anyway.  Annually it increased our expenditures by 8 tenths of 1 percent.  That is not massive, that type of waste is not even accounted for by the Federal Government in normal business of doing whatever it is they do.


Now you know

crashtx1
crashtx1

@Paul,nnto @crashtx1 @rnconsta How about "the president that YOU wanted", the one that seems to not be held accountable for anything. I certainly understand the Bush issues, but at what point is Obama responsible for anything? Bring up any topic and his sheeple's response is "Bush".