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China Tops U.S., Other Countries Say
A communist country viewed more favorably than the U.S.,
is this the legacy of the Bush administration?
China tops U.S., other countries say
Poll finds that dictatorship has a better image
June 24, 2005
BY WILL LESTER
WASHINGTON -- The United States' image is so tattered overseas, two years after the Iraq invasion, that China, which is ruled by a communist dictatorship, is viewed more favorably in many countries, an international poll released Thursday found.
The poor image persists even though the Bush administration has been promoting democracy throughout the world in recent months and sent hundreds of millions of dollars in relief aid to Indian Ocean nations hit by the devastating Dec. 26 tsunami.
People in 11 of the 16 countries surveyed by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press rated China higher than the United States. People in India and Poland were more upbeat about the United States; Canadians rated the two about even.
"Clearly, with or without this poll we know we have a public diplomacy challenge, and that challenge is not lessening by the day," said State Department spokesman Adam Ereli.
Countries that rated the Unites States lower also were more likely to question the war in Iraq and the U.S. efforts regarding terrorists.
The overseas image of the United States slipped sharply after the Iraq invasion in 2003, the Pew polling found, and it has not rebounded in Western Europe's Britain, France, Germany and Spain.
The U.S. image remains relatively low in Muslim countries like Jordan and Pakistan, but has gained in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, which benefited from U.S. aid to tsunami victims.
The polls were taken in the United States and 15 other countries from late April to the end of May with samples of about 1,000 in each country.
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