The results, of the latest Pew survey are in and I think they speak for themselves. Please check out the link. It’s just one page, and all the pertinent results are in easy to read tables.
I’d like to hear what others have to say about this survey… especially when taking to account the change in attitudes from 2000 until the present.
As far as Canada is concerned… our positive view of Americans is obviously lower than in 2000, but compared to other western nations… we are steady in our support of our Southern friends. Even more so than the UK.
Perhaps the most interesting question posed is on the different “views on Americans”. Of course, Americans give themselves high marks… who wouldn’t give themselves high marks? Except for one category. Greed. 70% of Americans think themselves as greedy… more than anyone else.
The response by Canadians on that topic are particularly interesting because of our unique exposure to unaltered American media. I believe this exposure directly affected Canadians answers to questions on Americans Honesty (42% – lowest western nation), Violence (64% – highest), and Rudeness (53% – highest).
Personally, while I have come across many dumb American tourists asking REALLY dumb questions (like “Where’s the bridge that I took to get on this Island”… uh.. there is no bridge) I think people just become dumb when they’re tourists, including myself, and I don’t have a problem with that. That said… I have never encountered an unfriendly American tourist. EVER. Nor have I ever encountered an unfriendly American in my travels in America. So I’d be interested to know why the “rudeness” score was so high. I wonder if it was simply a backlash aimed at Bush… I’m 90% positive that would be the reasoning behind the Honesty answer as well.
These surveys are always very interesting and provocative. I look forward to hearing your reaction.