The US Love Us
The poll question, which involved 22 countries, asked Americans if their “overall opinion of [country] is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable.”
The poll found that 88% of Americans have a favorable opinion of Australia, while only 7% have an unfavorable opinion. This put Australia ahead of all countries, including the likes of Britain and Canada.
But it gets even better than that, as the charts show.
Israel ranked in the top ten, with 59% of Americans having a favorable opinion of the Jewish state, and 35% an unfavorable opinion. That ranked Israel ahead of France, as well as any Arab country. And the PA was ranked second last, with only 15% of Americans having a favorable opinion, and 76% an unfavorable one.
There is no doubt that countries’ stances on the war in Iraq, as well as terrorism, played a significant role in galvanizing these results. However, there is more to it than that. For a start, Germany ranked in fifth place, despite its opposition to the war in Iraq. Furthermore, while Australia was allied with the US, Britain was a more vocal partner to the US.
I would be interested in finding out from my American readers whether they agree with these results, and why they believe Australia performed so well.