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What other countries think of the United States

A few weeks ago, I blogged about what the United States thinks of other countries — its rather cruel view of Afghanistan being one of the less fortunate things about that Pew Poll. Today, Andrew Kohut, the head of the fantastically useful Pew Research Center, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human ...

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A few weeks ago, I blogged about what the United States thinks of other countries — its rather cruel view of Afghanistan being one of the less fortunate things about that Pew Poll.

Today, Andrew Kohut, the head of the fantastically useful Pew Research Center, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight — and let them know just what everyone else thinks of us. He included this chart in his testimony:

Some things to note:

  • Kenyans like Americans better than Americans like themselves.
  • Just one in a hundred Jordanians thought favorably of the United States in the wake of the Iraq invasion.
  • In Middle Eastern countries, support for the United States plummeted as soon as it invaded Iraq. Support for the United States dwindled over time in European countries, as the two wars dragged on.
  • The Obama bounce was biggest in France and Germany.
  • The average variance of opinion is 25.5 percent. 

The chart also allows us to determine the United States’ most fickle friend — that is, the country whose opinion of the United States has varied most over the course of the past decade. The honor goes to Indonesia. The country most steady in its views of the United States? Palestine, which has never cared for Washington much, apparently. Chart after the jump.

A few weeks ago, I blogged about what the United States thinks of other countries — its rather cruel view of Afghanistan being one of the less fortunate things about that Pew Poll.

Today, Andrew Kohut, the head of the fantastically useful Pew Research Center, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight — and let them know just what everyone else thinks of us. He included this chart in his testimony:

Some things to note:

  • Kenyans like Americans better than Americans like themselves.
  • Just one in a hundred Jordanians thought favorably of the United States in the wake of the Iraq invasion.
  • In Middle Eastern countries, support for the United States plummeted as soon as it invaded Iraq. Support for the United States dwindled over time in European countries, as the two wars dragged on.
  • The Obama bounce was biggest in France and Germany.
  • The average variance of opinion is 25.5 percent. 

The chart also allows us to determine the United States’ most fickle friend — that is, the country whose opinion of the United States has varied most over the course of the past decade. The honor goes to Indonesia. The country most steady in its views of the United States? Palestine, which has never cared for Washington much, apparently. Chart after the jump.

Annie Lowrey is assistant editor at FP.

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