Americans love Canada; Iran, not so much

Gallup has done a poll to find out how Americans feel about 22 countries around the world and it turnsAussiebeer
out that Americans really love their northern neighbor, despite the fact that Canada is the country that developed and unleashed on the world, without any warning, the career of Celine Dion.

Canada and Great Britain have topped Gallup’s country rankings each of
the 12 times since 1989 that both countries have been measured,
although in most cases Canada has led Great Britain by a few percentage
points. The only other country to approach 90% favorability over the
years has been Australia. On each of the three occasions it was
included in Gallup’s country list, including last year, it ranked just
as high as Great Britain. [Link]

What??? You mean Australia wasn’t included in the survey?  Someone needs a foot in the clacker, mate! Americans love Britain because that’s where the best lapdogs come from. And they love Australia because that’s where the best beer comes from. Did I say beer? I meant boar.

Altogether, 10 countries rated in the Feb. 11-14, 2008, poll are viewed
favorably by a majority of Americans. Following the top four, Israel
receives a 71% favorable rating, similar to the 69% for both India and
France. About 6 in 10 Americans have a favorable view of Egypt, South
Korea, and Mexico. [Link]

That’s a pretty good showing for both India and France — they’re doing almost as well as Israel. France is out of the doghouse and trying to join Britain on the lap, while India is wagging its tail so fast, Pakistan can feel a draft.

Ten countries are viewed unfavorably by at least half of Americans. Of
these, Iran, North Korea, the Palestinian Authority, Iraq, Afghanistan,
Pakistan, and Cuba are viewed more negatively than positively by a
greater than 2-to-1 margin. Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and China have
somewhat more moderately negative images. [Link]

Poor Hugo Chavez. He’s trying really hard, but just can’t get his country to give any sort of competition to North Korea and Iran. Perhaps he needs to give a speech at Columbia University. If that doesn’t work, he can always ask Musharraf for some one-on-one tutoring.

Photo by Joanne Villarosa

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