Americans Give Record-High Ratings to Several U.S. Allies

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    Feb 25, 2012 6:18 PM GMT
    http://www.gallup.com/poll/152735/Americans-Give-Record-High-Ratings-Several-Allies.aspx?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=syndication&utm_content=morelink&utm_term=All+Gallup+Headlines+-+Foreign+Affairs+-+Government+-+Politics

    PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans are feeling more favorably toward several of the United States' major allies in 2012 than they have in the past. This year's ratings for Canada (96%), Australia (93%), Germany (86%), Japan (83%), and India (75%) are all record highs for those countries in Gallup trends that stretch back at least a decade. Additionally, the survey finds Great Britain (90%), France (75%), and Israel (71%) rated near their all-time highs.

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    Feb 25, 2012 6:19 PM GMT
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    Feb 25, 2012 7:11 PM GMT
    Just my own opinion on the increased favorability rating for France. In the past, France opposed many NATO actions and withdrew from the military command structure. Some of the opinion in the US was based on the assumption that France did not like following other countries and took a contrarian position just for the sake of doing so.

    Today, with the leadership vacuum of the US, which does little more than demonstrate weakness in many respects, France has stepped up and demonstrated the balls that the US lacks. I think people admire that.

    (Yes, the drone attacks continue and Obama did not oppose the Bin Laden action, but that does not make up for the significant weaknesses.)
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    Feb 25, 2012 7:17 PM GMT
    The great thing about our alliance with Canada and Australia is that all three of us can make fun of the Brits and the Royal Family together icon_wink.gif