The state of America’s image abroad continues to sharply decline, according to a BBC poll released on the eve of the president’s State of the Union speech. In a survey of foreigners in 25 countries, only 29 percent thought the United States had a generally positive influence in the world — a decline from 36 percent with the same view in 2006 and 40 percent in 2005.
Poll analysts called it a “horrible slide,” and pointed to the Iraq war and global warming as two top issues where America’s influence is seen as negative. A common theme abroad is “hypocrisy” in U.S. policy, a gap between our stated ideals and our practices.
This historic loss of prestige, good will and influence is perhaps President Bush’s most damaging foreign policy legacy.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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