If results of a new international poll are to be believed, the world is a hostile place for Americans, and particularly so for President George W. Bush.
The survey of 11,000 people in 11 countries taken over the past month finds 60 percent of non-U.S. citizens hold an unfavorable opinion of Bush, and the U.S. is considered by some as more dangerous than “rogue states.”
The countries surveyed were Australia, Canada, Brazil, France, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Russia, South Korea, United Kingdom and the United States.
Respondents in Jordan, Indonesia, Russia, South Korea and Brazil rated America more dangerous than Iran, while respondents from all the countries, except for Australia, Israel and the U.S., rated America more dangerous than Syria.
When asked who is the more dangerous to world peace and stability, the British Broadcasting Corporation reports the U.S. ranked higher than al-Qaida by respondents in both Jordan and Indonesia.
The poll was conducted by ICM and other international pollsters for the BBC in conjunction with the airing of a special program titled “What the World Thinks of America.”
As WorldNetDaily reported, the 90-minute global television debate will “confront the critical question at the heart of the 21st century,” according to the BBC, by assembling via satellite hookups 10 national broadcasters and “diverse voices” from around the world who will “give a multi-national verdict on the United States.”
The program, which airs Tuesday night in the UK and will be available for download from the BBC website, will undoubtedly serve as a sounding board for those opposed to the U.S.-led military operation in Iraq.
The BBC reports the unfavorable view of America appears to be directly related to the war in Iraq, American efforts to combat terrorism around the globe and U.S. initiatives to resolve the Mideast crisis.
The survey found over half the sample felt the U.S. “was wrong to invade Iraq,” including 81 percent of Russian respondents, and 63 percent of the French. Thirty-seven percent supported the invasion, including 54 percent of UK respondents and 79 percent of the Israeli sample.
Along the same lines, 70 percent surveyed thought the U.S. military could do more to prevent Iraqi casualties.
Americans surveyed expressed strong support for the Iraq invasion, 74 percent, and the military in its efforts to avoid civilian casualties, 70 percent.
Subtracting out American patriotism, the BBC poll found 50 percent hold a very or fairly favorable opinion of America as a whole, as opposed to 40 percent who hold unfavorable views.
These findings, reported at the end of the BBC news article, appear to undermine the expected results. In its promotion of the debate program, the news network boasted the “ground-breaking, international survey of attitudes” would “capture popular prejudices and convictions about America.”
Among the topics to be discussed in the BBC program is whether the export of American culture around the world is a “good thing” and France’s “love-hate” bond with the U.S.
France was among the vocal United Nations Security Council members who opposed military action in Iraq. Its promise to veto any resolution authorizing the use of force prompted the breakdown of pre-war diplomacy.
WorldNetDaily reported the BBC released results of another poll conducted to enhance the debate program, which sought to pinpoint the “greatest American.”
Simpson, eh? (Fox TV)
The BBC created a shortlist of ten candidates based on nominations it received from the public, and Homer Simpson, the beer-drinking, donut-scarfing, bumbling nuclear-power plant technician of the Fox cartoon “The Simpsons” is the leading choice for the No. 1 spot.
The animated buffoon ranks ahead of real-life heroes including Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.