Angus Reid Strategies

Angus Reid Strategies

November 10, 2006 09:00 ET

Angus Reid Strategies: America Continues to Fall Out of Favor With Global Public Opinion

Angus Reid Strategies World Poll of 20 countries finds George Bush and American Foreign Policy held in negative light

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 10, 2006) - Among the 19 leaders rated, President George Bush falls into the bottom tier of the Angus Reid Strategies global leadership admiration index alongside other leaders his administration has identified as enemies or threats: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

The United States was cited as the country that poses the greatest threat to global stability in 13 of the 20 countries surveyed. In a majority of the countries surveyed, the United States is viewed as a greater threat to global stability than Iran, China, and North Korea.

Furthermore, American foreign policy and international terrorism are seen as the two issues that present the greatest threat to global stability, receiving more mentions around the world than Islamic extremism, poverty, global warming, and fundamentalist governments.

"Much of the world now sees the United States as a broken super-power," says Craig Worden, Vice President of Public Affairs at Angus Reid Strategies. "This negative view of the country's influence in international affairs appears to be primarily driven by the current administration's foreign policy."

THE SURVEY RESULTS:



1. WORLD LEADER ADMIRATION INDEX

(Average Score on a scale of 1-10, where 1 represents not admired at all
and 10 represents admired very much. Note: Mean average.)

Ranking Mean

Nelson Mandela 7.0
Bill Gates 6.9
The Dalai Lama 6.3
Bono 5.8
Bill Clinton (USA) 5.5
Kofi Annan (UN) 5.5
Stephen Harper (Canada) 5.2
Jimmy Carter (USA) 5.1
Angela Merkel (Germany) 5.0
Junichiro Koizumi (Japan) 4.8
Luis Inacio Lula Da Silva (Brazil) 4.6
Tony Blair (UK) 4.5
Pope Benedict XVI 4.5
Condoleezza Rice (USA) 4.3
Hugo Chavez (Venezuela) 4.1
George W. Bush (USA) 3.3
Mahmoud Ahmedinejad (Iran) 3.2
Hassan Nasrallah (Lebanon) 3.1
Kim Jong Il (N. Korea) 3.1

2. COUNTRY THAT IS GREATEST THREAT TO GLOBAL SECURITY

United States 33%
Iran 18%
China 12%
Israel 12%
Iraq 11%
North Korea 9%
Other Country 5%
Russia 1%

3. ISSUE THAT IS GREATEST THREAT TO GLOBAL SECURITY

American Foreign Policy 26%
International Terrorism 25%
Islamic Extremism 18%
Poverty 8%
Global warming 6%
Fundamentalist governments 4%
Rise of China 3%
Israeli foreign policy 3%
Globalization 2%
Iranian foreign policy 2%
HIV/AIDS 2%


METHODOLOGY

These are the results of a survey conducted by Angus Reid Strategies on behalf of Maclean's Magazine. Data for this study were captured between September 22 and October 6 via 5,800 online surveys among a random sample of the online population of 20 countries: Canada, U.S.A., Mexico, Britain, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Russia, Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. Two hundred interviews where administered in each country except for Canada, the United States and Lebanon where sample sizes were 1,200, 1,000, and 125 respectively.

Once the data was captured, samples were balanced and validated through demographic and voting data provided by national statistics and electoral results. In the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and the five European countries samples can be considered representative of the views of the general population. In the other countries, samples are somewhat biased towards the more urban, educated and affluent segments of the population. Surveys were conducted in domestic languages except for South Africa and India where English was the only language surveyed.

The total sample size has an associated margin of error of 1.3%, 19 times out of 20. In those countries where sample sizes reached 200, results can be considered accurate (19 times out of 20) to within +/- 7% had the overall population responded. In Canada and the United States, the margin of error is +/- 2.8% and +/- 3.1% respectively. In Lebanon, it is +/- 9%.

Note to editors:

A summary of the study and graphs is available online at www.angusreidstrategies.com/worldpoll.

About Angus Reid Strategies

Angus Reid Strategies (www.angusreidstrategies.com) is a full-service public opinion and market research firm with offices in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary, Canada. The company provides local, national and international clients with insightful, customized marketing research solutions with an emphasis on proprietary online technologies. Its team of seasoned research professionals provides the highest quality market research and analysis to help clients.


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