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U.S. Image Improves

Posted on Apr 1, 2008
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For the first time in years, people around the world may be starting to have a less negative view of the United States, possibly because America is about to change its leader. Although most people still say no when asked whether the U.S. has a positive influence in the world, the percentage holding that view has declined slightly.


The World Service poll has been canvassing opinions about the influence of countries since 2005.

Of the 17 countries surveyed every year since 2005, positive views of the US have recovered for the first time this year to 32% after showing a steady decline over the previous three years.

Reacting to the poll results, senior US state department official Kurt Volker acknowledged perceptions had been negative in recent years, but said 2003 and 2004 had been an “anomaly” because of the Iraq war.

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By PatrickHenry, April 2, 2008 at 5:11 pm Link to this comment

Diebold could be the only reason.

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By jimmyjam, April 2, 2008 at 4:46 pm Link to this comment

Why is clinton back in office?

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By PatrickHenry, April 2, 2008 at 3:41 pm Link to this comment

After Nov 5 and really after Jan 20.  This is when the soon to be ex-presidents turn pardons into cash.

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By jimmyjam, April 2, 2008 at 2:49 pm Link to this comment

yea right the whole world is on the edge of their seat waiting for ayour views on the world.,rotflmao

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By Marshall, April 2, 2008 at 11:11 am Link to this comment

...the number of people who post here whose sense of purpose is inversely proportionate to the global image of America.

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By kalitos, April 2, 2008 at 10:27 am Link to this comment

I’m seartain that if in any way there apears to be a possitive outlook towards the U.S. It’s simply gotta be propaganda; that won’t work.

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By Paracelsus, April 2, 2008 at 9:35 am Link to this comment

I am convinced that this country is controlled by a New England mafia. The more I study my country the more I believe we are controlled by a bunch of sea pirates, opium runners and ex-slavers. All these august names: Winthrop, Roosevelt, Perkins, Delano, Harrison, Cabot, Lodge, Lowell, Perkins, Taft, Cushing, Whitney, Appleton, Faneuil, Brown, Lopez, Redwood, DeWolf, Polock, Russell, Livingston, Coolidge and Forbes were all in involved in either slaving or opium running or both. This is by no means a complete list. You are asking for social justice from people you should hold suspect, when you engage in electoral politics. Basicly the government is controlled by a criminal elite.

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By laughoutloud, April 2, 2008 at 9:13 am Link to this comment
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no purple girl, every american gets tagged with the logo you speak of by default.  not saying its fair, but thats the reality.  so yes, it is you that the rest of the world hates.

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By The Big Raven, April 2, 2008 at 9:08 am Link to this comment
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america is hated the world over many times period.
and as long as america keeps pretending to know whats best for the rest of the world it will be hated. as long as america does not address all the past and present in-justices it will be hated. the humans are sick and tired of all the lies and war and out right drity tricks.

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By Paracelsus, April 2, 2008 at 9:03 am Link to this comment

LOL, you are a funny guy!

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By jatihoon, April 2, 2008 at 8:32 am Link to this comment

We hate America, “Yankees Go Home,” but when you go home, please take us with you.

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By DennisD, April 2, 2008 at 7:47 am Link to this comment
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U.S. Image Improves -

Maybe if we’re seeing it through a fun house mirror it has, otherwise what’s changed.

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By Purple Girl, April 2, 2008 at 6:09 am Link to this comment

Maybe they are also reading the Internet comments coming from US. And realize we have Not been the Ones pushing these Corp Agendas. Perhaps they KNOW now, as We Do, tha twe too have been USED as camoflague, being left in the dark about the Real actions of our Gov’t for Decades (if not nearing a Century). Perhaps that is why th eonly targets on 9/11 were aimed at the Brick & mortar of the’Military Industrial Complex’. Who then should be held accountable for the Deaths that occured that day. those who’s actions (business Stratedgies) caused those sites to be targeted in the first place and placed our citizens in harms way (Human Shields?). They have tried to ‘dazzle US with Brilliance’ but we Have recognized it as trying to ‘Baffle US with BS!
As Much as we Need to Bring this Entity to justice - so do the people around the World in which they are operating, injunction with their native ‘leaders’. Find Out WHO ROLLED OUT THE RED CARPET FOR the operatives of the ‘New World Order” the MIC
It was never US they hated it is Those who wear the Logo (Mark) of this Beast

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By Greg Bacon, April 2, 2008 at 3:00 am Link to this comment

Who are these countries that have such a low view of the “United States of Israel?”

Let’s either invade them, or bomb them back to the Stone Age or overthrow their current government and replace it with one that is to our liking.

That’ll teach those ingrates not to appreciate our fondness for Britney, potato chips and the world’s largest military.

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By weather, April 2, 2008 at 2:36 am Link to this comment
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the remarkable arrogance and brazen deceit that is Israel.

Its anything but a relationship, its a toxic circumstance of bribery/extortion all very carefully packaged and presented w/same kind phony and fraudulent energy of a Hollywood production.

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By weather, April 2, 2008 at 2:01 am Link to this comment
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‘show me who you walk with and I’ll tell you what you are….’

Please free us from remarkable arrogance and brazen deceit of Israel.

While it takes two to tango, when you’ve bribed Congress and created a false truth through MSM, you can bully your way onto the dance floor and ruin the party for everyone else and that’s precisely what Zionist Israel has done.

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By laughoutloud, April 1, 2008 at 10:40 pm Link to this comment
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jokes on you americans!  nobody likes you still, believe me.  i feel for the poor americans that are going to read this and go on a foreign holiday with this false sense of self-suredness in being american, only to have every meal spat in wherever they eat because all they do is brag about where they’re from and tell their hosts continually how much better everything is back in the usa. love seeing that.

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By Fadel Abdallah, April 1, 2008 at 8:35 pm Link to this comment

If 47% of those surveyed view the U.S. negatively, versus 35% who view her positively, I find no reason to celebrate. Though this is some 3% improvement over the the past two years, the flashing title of “World views US more positively” is indeed misleading.

From another angle of this world view survey, Iran and Israel are head to head in being the two countries viewed most negatively and least positively! This piece of information I would like to dedicate to the fanatical Zionists who appear on these threads, so per chance it might serve as some food for thought and reason!

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