Germany Wins a Popularity Poll

People were asked to rate countries on whether their influence in the world was "mainly positive" or "mainly negative"

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It hasn’t won many fans for its reaction to Europe’s financial crisis — but a new poll suggests that Germany is actually more popular than some might suspect.

In the survey conducted by GlobeScan for the BBC, over 26,000 randomly selected people from 25 countries were asked to rate 16 countries and the European Union on whether their influence in the world was “mainly positive” or “mainly negative.” (The 16 countries were: Germany, Canada, the U.K., Japan, France, Brazil, the U.S., China, South Korea, South Africa, India, Russia, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan and Iran.)

Germany, which knocked Japan off the top spot, got positive reviews from people in Spain, France, Ghana and Australia. But Greece was less impressed — with 52% of people asked saying Germany was a bad influence. That may be due to the fact that many Greeks blame Germany — and the harsh austerity measures it has insisted on as regards the euro crisis — for their country’s economic woes.

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German publication Spiegel Online writes that the results were surprising. But Alastair Newton, a political analyst at Japanese investment bank Nomura told CNBC there are plenty of reasons why people admire Germany. “It is a large and important world economy, a world-class manufacturer and has a Chancellor who demonstrates genuine leadership,” Newton said.

As for the U.S., which was eighth, positive views among its traditional allies, including the U.K. and France, were down from last year’s poll.

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The countries at the bottom of the table were perhaps less surprising. Iran, whose burgeoning nuclear program has led to Western fears that it may be moving toward nuclear armament, came last, as it did last year, with only 15% of people saying that it was a positive influence.

Pakistan was second from bottom, just below North Korea, with just 19% of people polled feeling that Kim Jong Un’s totalitarian dictatorship, which recently has been prone to fiery rhetoric and threats against the U.S., has a positive influence on the rest of the world.

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11 comments
frizztext
frizztext

Maybe in Germany they try to develop the idea of democracy with persistence. Sad that the European parliament is not strong enough to  block the racism in Hungary. But on the other hand, the latest development in Turkey, fighting for a fair democracy via street protesters, criticizing their leaders' basta-style: maybe a result of the close connection to Germany ... - so I'm missing: what's about Turkey, Syria - and Israel ...

FlemishAmerican
FlemishAmerican

Where in the world did they find 19% of people who though North Korea is a positive influence?

Juan66
Juan66

Germany has by and large washed the stain of sin  from its past and is today a completely different country and is worth much admiration. However, if I were  Israelie I would be concerned as it came in around the bottom next to the likes of North Korea. There will come a day when Israel will not be able to hind behind the power of the United States,  so it must come to terms with its behavior whether it likes it or not...

VijayBanga
VijayBanga

Past is dead present generation must not live in the shadow of ancient times as no nation is guilt free including Britain and US.Germany has come out of the dark and why must the third and fourth generations made to suffer the doings of their ancestors

v.mehrpour
v.mehrpour

It would be nice to be more precise: which are the 25 countries? I think having a list similar to the one mentioned in the report for the 16 countries will be fully clarifying. 


AndrewJamesWright
AndrewJamesWright

Big surprise you single out Israel, a democracy. I bet you came to that conclusion by an objective reasoning comparing all the countries in the world and then concluded that Israel is among the worse. I bet you studied all the wars, crimes, statistics, etc and found that out. I bet you believe Israel has killed more, or hurt more people than Russia, China, Iran, Zimbabwe, North Korea, Syria, Sudan, I could f on and on? Let me guess either you live in the Arab world or are a socialist right? And let me guess you know all about Israeli history and crimes, but not about her neighbors, or China, or Russia (all of which historical facts would show who have all killed more people). Go ahead and try to prove Israel is among the top worse countries in the world. I will debate you back and forth forever...your move.

AndrewJamesWright
AndrewJamesWright

Big surprise you single out Israel, a democracy. I bet you came to that conclusion by an objective reasoning comparing all the countries in the world and then concluded that Israel is among the worse. I bet you studied all the wars, crimes, statistics, etc and found that out. I bet you believe Israel has killed more, or hurt more people than Russia, China, Iran, Zimbabwe, North Korea, Syria, Sudan, I could f on and on?

Let me guess either you live in the Arab world or are a socialist right? And let me guess you know all about Israeli history and crimes, but not about her neighbors, or China, or Russia (all of which historical facts would show who have all killed more people).

Go ahead and try to prove Israel is among the top worse countries in the world. I will debate you back and forth forever...your move.

DonnyKnudsen
DonnyKnudsen

@AndrewJamesWright 

Big surprise you'd post the same emotional diatribe twice, and claim that constitutes 'debate'.  In a war of words, you are shooting blanks.

DonnyKnudsen
DonnyKnudsen

@AndrewJamesWright 

Typical hasbara dweeb, flying off the handle and reflexively playing the victimhood card.

Maybe Juan66's statement had something to do with the fact Israel came in 4th from the BOTTOM, BARELY squeaking past North Korea.  See for yourself, and save your bogus sense of outrage for the so-called "democracy" that continues to earn its deserved reputation by its despicable behavior.  EXACTLY as Juan66 plainly states.  Oh, and you can't blame it on "Arabs" either, given they were clearly UNDERREPRESENTED in the sample -- i.e. Egypt was the only Muslim country in the whole study.