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France gets “favorable” rating by Americans in Gallup poll

Gallup released a poll recently about image – the opinions of Americans with regard to 20 countries that figure prominently in the news at the moment. Which countries are among those with the most favorable image?

Here is a list of the first few and last few:

1) Canada (90% favorable)
2) Great Britain (87%)
3) Germany (80%)
4) Japan (77%)
5) Israel (67%)
6) India (66%)
7) France (63%)

Iran finishes last with 10%. As with all polls, you have to take a look at the type of questions asked, specific circumstances, etc.

An interesting note is that among Republicans, the image of France is 52% favorable, but with Democrats it’s 76%. Similarly, generational differences are obvious: Among those 55 and older, France has 55%, for those 35-54 years old it’s 63%, and 18-34 years old, 75%. This confirms my own personal experience: in general, the younger generation is more open to other countries and cultures. We have grown up with the internet and globalization, so I guess that should not come as a surprise.


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  1. February 24th, 2010 at 00:44 | #1

    Don’t think it is an age thing Mike, as those 18-34 have a negative opinion of Iran, Cuba, N Korea, Palestine & Yemen on par with Democrats. Perhaps it is simply that they are more liberal leaning in their foreign policy for certain countries.

  2. February 25th, 2010 at 20:04 | #2

    I wonder if there is any way to correlate the mass media’s perspective and the survey results as very few Americans have passports and travel abroad. Thus the results look more like a vote on the public relations campaign of each country instead of actual “knowledge” or first hand experience in these countries.

    Plus people retain what they choose to regard which helps explain positive attitudes in younger and more educated individuals.

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