Thursday, 23 April 2015

Must Read: Countries That Hate America the Most

In 2014, 45% of the population across the 135 countries reviewed approved of the United States, roughly unchanged from the year before. Of major global powers, the United States received the highest median approval rating. While the current public opinion worldwide is relatively positive, especially when compared to the George W. Bush presidency, a majority of residents in 15 of 135 countries did not approve of the current U.S. leadership.
Based on data from The U.S. Global Leadership Project, 82% of Russians did not approve of the job U.S. leadership was doing, the strongest disapproval rating of any other country. More than 81% of survey respondents in Senegal and Kosovo, on the other hand, approved of the United States, both tied for the highest ratings in the world.
5. Pakistan
> Disapproval rating: 65.0%
> GDP per capita: $4,574
> Unemployment rate: 6.2%
> Life expectancy: 66.6 years
Supporters of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa organisation chant slogans during a protest in Lahore, Pakistan.© Mohsin Raza/Reuters Supporters of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa organisation chant slogans during a protest in Lahore, Pakistan.Pakistan’s disapproval rating of U.S. leadership is greater than all but four other countries. According to the U.S. State Department, Pakistan has received well over $4 billion in civilian assistance from the United States from 2009 through 2013. In addition, the country has received about $13 billion from the United States in military aid over the past 13 years. America’s involvement in the country may actually be the problem, however. The United States focused its operations in Pakistan after the 9/11 attacks, and it continues to maintain a strong presence in the country to combat terrorism. Osama Bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan, and the U.S. mission to kill him may have also increased disapproval among many Pakistanis.
4. Lebanon
> Disapproval rating: 66.0%
> GDP per capita: $16,430
> Unemployment rate: N/A
> Life expectancy: 80.1 years
Activists burn a poster of Bush disguised as Obama during a protest in Awkar, Lebanon.© Hasan Shaaban/Reuters Activists burn a poster of Bush disguised as Obama during a protest in Awkar, Lebanon.A religiously diverse Middle Eastern country — 54% Muslim and 41% Christian — Lebanon is one of 15 countries in which a majority of respondents disapprove of U.S. leadership. It is also one of 11 countries where a majority disapprove of the EU leadership, and one of eight countries in which a majority disapprove of Germany’s leadership. Since the end of the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war, Congress has approved more than $1 billion to improve Lebanese security forces’ control over the country and foster economic growth. The U.S. standing among Lebanese respondents improved slightly from 2013, when 71% disapproved of the U.S. Possibly contributing to a longer term U.S. loss of standing in Lebanon is the fact that some members of Congress questioned continued funding of U.S.-sponsored initiatives there. Since the 2012 fiscal year, Congress has placed conditions on annual aid to Lebanon.
3. Belarus
> Disapproval rating: 69.0%
> GDP per capita: $17,623
> Unemployment rate: 0.51%
> Life expectancy: 72.5 years
Belarussian President Lukashenko walks with Russian President Putin  past honor guards as they attend a session of the Supreme State Council.© Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters Belarussian President Lukashenko walks with Russian President Putin past honor guards as they attend a session of the Supreme State Council.As in several other former Soviet Union countries, many Belarus residents may still harbor dislike for America as a result of tensions during the Cold War. Further, the U.S. backing of Ukraine after Russia’s annexation of Crimea may have exacerbated ill will towards the U.S. in Belarus, as it did in other countries in the region. The country is still friendly with Russia, as about 62% of Belarus respondents approved Russia’s leadership, up from 46% in 2013 — the largest such increase among countries reviewed. The county’s high opinion of Russia, the country disapproving of the United States the most, may partly explain its similarly poor perception of the United States. Also, poor economic factors may partly account for the poor rating, as economically struggling nations often look upon the U.S. unfavorably, according to Holliday. The country’s inflation rate of 18.1% was the fifth highest among countries reviewed, and the GDP per capita of $17,623 was among the lower figures worldwide.

2. Palestinian Territories
> Disapproval rating: 72.0%
> GDP per capita: N/A
> Unemployment rate: N/A
> Life expectancy: N/A
A Palestinian boy sits outside his family's house that witnesses said was damaged by Israeli shelling during the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, on a rainy day in the east of Gaza City Nov. 3, 2014.© Mohammed Salem/Reuters A Palestinian boy sits outside his family's house that witnesses said was damaged by Israeli shelling during the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, on a rainy day in the east of Gaza City Nov. 3, 2014.The 72% disapproval rating of Palestinians towards the United States improved somewhat from 2013, when 80% disapproved of U.S. leadership — the worst rating at the time. The U.S. government has stated it favors a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. However, perceptions among Palestinian Territories residents will likely not improve as long as the United States is perceived as fully supporting and aiding Israel despite its continued occupation of the Palestinian Territories. Hamas, the effective governing body in the Gaza Strip since 2007, is also considered by the United States and other Western nations to be a terrorist organization.
1. Russia
> Disapproval rating: 82.0%
> GDP per capita: $24,298
> Unemployment rate: 5.5%
> Life expectancy: 71.1 years
People holding anti-American posters gather in front of the U.S. Embassy to protest against American policy in the world, in Moscow, Russia, March 7, 2015.© Alexander Zemlianichenko/Reuters People holding anti-American posters gather in front of the U.S. Embassy to protest against American policy in the world, in Moscow, Russia, March 7, 2015.No country disapproves of America more than Russia, where 82% of survey respondents said they disapproved of U.S. leadership. This was also the worst rating from Russia in the history of the survey. While many Russians do not like America, residents of many other countries do not approve of Russia. The median disapproval rating of Russian leadership was greater than the median approval rating, the only country to claim this distinction. And while a majority of residents in 15 countries disapprove of the U.S., a majority of residents in 42 countries disapprove of Russia’s leadership. Russia’s disapproval rating of U.S. leadership worsened considerably from 2013, increasing 12 percentage points. Recently implemented U.S.-led Western sanctions on Russia have likely intensified Russians’ disapproval. According to historical data from the Levada Center, Russia’s independent public opinion tracker, negative attitudes towards the United States spiked during the invasion of Iraq and worsened again in 2008 after the Russia-Georgia conflict. More recently, the U.S. sided with Ukraine after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.

ads

Google+ Followers