10/22/2012

Fewer Americans have a favorable view of the US than they did in 2008

According to the Pew Research Center: The Percent of Americans who have a favorable view of the US

2012 80%
2011 79%
2010 85%
2009 88%
2008 84%

American's opinion of Americans has also fallen by two percentage points over the same period.  Foreigners are also less likely to like the way that Americans do business.  Down from 44% in 2007 to 41% in 2012 (survey not done in all years).

What is most striking is how so many more people in the Middle East and Southern Asia dislike the US.  These are the percent who have an "unfavorable" view.

Pakistan
2012 80%
2008 63%

Egypt
2012 79%
2008 75%

Jordan
2012 86%
2008 79%

Lebanon
2012 49%
2008 48%

Strangely Israel is only included in the polls on America's role in reducing terrorism, and their opinion of the US has fallen considerable.  Falling from 78% in 2007 to 72% in 2011 (Israel not included in all years).

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