CBC News | June 17, 2003
More than 11,000 people in 11 countries were asked what they thought of the United States and its place in the world. Here are some of the results:
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Percentage of respondents who answered "very favourable" or "fairly favourable" when asked how they felt towards America, with Canadians second in line for the most favourable responses (after respondents in the U.S., of course). Overall, 37 per cent of respondents answered "very unfavourable" or "fairly unfavourable."
U.S. President George Bush
Percentage of respondents who answered "very unfavourable" or "fairly unfavourable" when asked what they thought of U.S. President George W. Bush, with respondents in Jordan, France, Brazil and Indonesia the most unfavourable. Overall, 35 per cent of respondents answered "very favourable" or "fairly favourable."
Percentage of respondents from France who described Americans as arrogant. More than half of American respondents agreed.
Percentage of American respondents who agreed with the statement that "America is the best country in the world in which to live." Ten per cent disagreed.
Percentage of Canadian respondents who said the U.S. is a better place to live than Canada. Ninety per cent said it was not better than Canada.
4 out of 5
Proportion of overall respondents who said they would not like to live in the United States if given the chance.
3 out of 4
Proportion of American respondents who said they would not like to go live outside the U.S. if they had the chance. An overwhelming majority of American respondents (96 per cent) said people outside the U.S. want to come and live there.
Percentage of Australian respondents who said Australia is becoming more like the U.S.
2 out of 3
Proportion of Canadian respondents who agreed with the statement "America is a force for good in the world."
1 out of 3
Proportion of Canadian respondents who agreed with the statement "America scares me." Britain and Australia produced similar results.
2 out of 3
Proportion of overall respondents who said they like American movies. Fifty-three pre cent said they like American popular music and only 39 per cent said they liked American television. Among Canadian respondents, 80 per cent said they liked American movies, 73 per cent liked American music, and 71 per cent liked American television; but only 38 per cent said they liked American Web sites.
Percentage of overall respondents who said they don't like American food. One of five American respondents agreed.
Percentage of overall respondents who named "Coke" when asked to name an American product. Next in line was "McDonalds" with 10 per cent.
Percentage of respondents in Indonesia who named "KFC" or "Kentucky Fried Chicken" when asked to name an American product. In South Korea, 14 per cent named "Nike."
2 out of 3
Proportion of Israeli respondents who said their country is less cultured than the United States. Only 23 per cent of Canadian respondents thought the U.S. more cultured. (Culture was taken to mean showing or having good taste, manners, upbringing and education.)
Percentage of American respondents who said the United States is the most cultured country in the world. Fifty-four per cent disagreed.
Percentage of Canadian respondents who said American economic policies make Canada poorer. Thirty-one per cent said richer, 18 per cent said there was no effect, and 11 per cent said they don't know.
Percentage of American respondents who think other countries want to copy the way the U.S. runs its economy. However, only 23 per cent of non-American respondents said their country should run its economy like the U.S.
Percentage of respondents in South Korea who say the U.S. is a bigger threat to world peace and stability than North Korea. Thirty-nine per cent said the opposite. Overall, respondents said the United States was more dangerous to world peace and stability than China, Russia, France, Iran and Syria. American respondents answered the opposite on all accounts.
2 out of 3
Proportion of Russian respondents who said America's superior military power makes the world a more dangerous place. Thirty-seven per cent of Canadian respondents agreed, while 41 per cent said the military power of the U.S. makes the world a safer place.
More than 90%
Percentage of respondents in Jordan, South Korea and Brazil who said the U.S. military could do more to avoid civilian casualties in military conflicts. Two out of three American respondents said the U.S. does enough.
Percentage of overall respondents who said the U.S. was wrong to invade Iraq. Thirty-seven per cent said the U.S. was right to invade. Fifty-one per cent said life for the Iraqi people will be better now that Saddam Hussein is gone, while only 20 per cent said life will be worse for them. Twenty per cent said it will make no difference and nine per cent said they don't know. Only 21 per cent believed the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq would result in an independent Iraqi regime.
In Canada, the poll was conducted by Leger Marketing through telephone interviews among a representative sample of 1,000 English- or French-speaking Canadians, 18 years of age or older. The interviews were conducted from May 16 to June 1, 2003.
Using data from Statistics Canada, the results were weighted according to age, region and gender to ensure a sample representative of the entire Canadian adult population. In the end, the maximum margin of error obtained for a sample of 1,000 respondents is of plus or minus 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20.
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Top photo: World leaders at the G8 Summit retreat in Kananaskis, Alberta on June 27, 2002. (CP PHOTO/Fred Chartrand)
Top row (L-R): British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S.
President George Bush, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder
Bottom row (L-R): French President Jacques Chirac, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan