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International Survey: China's International Stature Rated BETTER than the US

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24 June 2005


China is viewed MORE favorably than the U.S. in many long-time Western European allies, an international poll has found.

The polls were taken in various countries from late April to the end of May 2005 with samples of about 1,000 in most countries, with more interviewees in India and China and slightly less than 1,000 in the European countries. The margin of sampling error ranged from 2 percentage points to 4 percentage points, depending on the sample size. The polls were taken by Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

The poor image (of US) persists even though the Bush administration has been promoting freedom and democracy throughout the world in recent months -- which many viewed favorably -- and has sent hundreds of millions of dollars in relief aid to Indian Ocean nations hit by the devastating December 26 tsunami.

Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, which surveyed public opinion in 16 countries, including the United States, said:

"It's amazing when you see the European public rating the United States so poorly, especially in comparison with China."

  • In Britain, almost two-thirds of Britons, 65 percent, saw China favorably, compared with 55 percent who held a positive view of the United States.

  • In France, 58 percent had an upbeat view of China, compared with 43 percent who felt that way about the U.S. The results were nearly the same in Spain and the Netherlands.

  • The United States' favorability rating was lowest among three Muslim nations which are also U.S. allies -- Turkey, Pakistan and Jordan -- where only about one-fifth of those polled viewed the U.S. in a positive light.

  • Only India and Poland were more upbeat about the United States,

  • Canadians were just as likely to see China favorably as they were the U.S.

  • The U.S. image has bounced back (from 2003 survey) in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country which benefited from U.S. aid to tsunami victims, as well as in India and Russia.

    The poll found suspicion and wariness of the United States in many countries where people question the war in Iraq and are growing wary of the U.S.-led campaign against terrorism.

    Shibley Telhami, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said:
    "The Iraq war has left an enduring impression on the minds of people around the world in ways that make them very suspicious of U.S. intentions and makes the effort to win hearts and minds far more difficult."
    The overseas image of the United States slipped sharply after the Iraq invasion in 2003, the Pew polling found, and it has not rebounded in Western European countries like Britain, France, Germany and Spain.

    Support for the U.S.-led war on terror has dipped in Western countries like Britain, France, Germany, Canada and Spain, while it remains low in the Muslim countries surveyed like Pakistan, Turkey and Jordan.

    Other findings:
  • The survey found that a majority of people in most countries say the United States does NOT take the interests of other countries into account when making international policy decisions.

  • It also found most would like to see another country get as much military power as the United States, though few want China to play that role.
  • People in most countries were more inclined to say the war in Iraq has made the world a MORE dangerous place.

  • Non-U.S. residents who had unfavorable views of the United States were most likely to cite Bush as the reason rather than a general problem with America.

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