Which foreign countries do Americans view most favorable?

On Tuesday, Gallup released the results of its 2014 World Affairs poll, which ranks Americans’ overall opinion of 22 foreign countries that are pre-selected by Gallup. Canada came out on top for the second year in a row, while North Korea brings up the rear with just 11% of respondents having a favorable view of the country.

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Gallup reports:

North Korea took over the bottom spot from Iran, whose rating rose from 9% to 12% this year. North Korea’s favorability has not exceeded 15% since 2002, consistently making it one of the lowest rated. But this is the first time since 2004 that it has been alone in last place.

The current data come from the 2014 update of Gallup’s annual World Affairs survey, conducted Feb. 6-9. The poll was conducted shortly before the United Nations announced the results of a yearlong study concluding that North Korea has committed crimes against humanity, which could lead to the arrest of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, as well as drive Americans’ perceptions of the country even lower. Americans’ opinions of the country fell sharply in 2002, when President George W. Bush labeled the country a member of the “axis of evil” in his State of the Union Address, and have not recovered.

On the flipside, Canada enjoys a 93% favorability rating. Great Britain, Germany, Japan, and France round out the top five. On radio this morning, Pat and Stu challenged Glenn to figure out what countries made the list.

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“A Gallup poll came out of what countries… we have the most favorable opinion of,” Pat said.

“Let’s see if I can name the top 10… I need a map so I don’t forget anything,” Glenn responded. “I would say Canada would be number one. Got to be number one or England.”

While Israel comes in at number seven on the list with a 72% rating, the Palestinian Authority is 15th with a 19% approval.

“Have you been to the Palestinian authority,” Stu asked. “Interestingly enough, not a country. The Palestinian Authority is not a country yet listed under America’s perception of foreign countries.”

Rounding out the bottom of the list is Libya, followed by Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, and North Korea at the bottom.

“Iran climbed out of the basement,” Stu explained. “They were only 9% positive. They’re up three points to be 12%. North Korea went from 12 down to 11. Syria fell a point from 14 to 13.”

“Just a point,” Pat asked. “I mean because, thank you very much, [they] only killed, what, 150,000 of their citizens.”

You can see the entire Gallup report HERE.

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  • Anonymous

    Israel is my number 1!

  • Anonymous

    How on earth does Egypt gain 5 points … are our memories that pathetic? What about the arab-spring there just a little over 3 years ago in January of 2011??? And we rate them 5 points higher … who took the poll, all Islamic terrorists/Islamic Brotherhoods?????????????

  • landofaahs

    There are actually some good places even in communist style countries just because they are remote enough that the rules don’t apply. If you find one though, don’t let the secret out because then all the a-holes go and mess it up.

  • Anonymous

    As a veteran you have all the license in the world to point this out. Some people just simply need to go to these places to realize that they are not our friends.

  • Anonymous

    Makes one wonder, doesn’t it? But, many people in the US have no inkling about world politics. They equate Egypt only with the pyramids and treasures from the Pharaohs.

  • Anonymous

    Okay, they mentioned Australia, so what about New Zealand, Tahiti, Tonga, as well as the ones that Glenn mentioned, Switzerland, and Spain, also Netherlands, Denmark, and on and on.

    Why were any Mideast countries even on the list, when there are so many others that are so much better? Who was asking? And how did they ask? Did they predetermine the list? So many questions…. I guess, with 180+ countries, it gets overwhelming to choose.

    And for a reminder of a nice occurrence, Remember Benghazi. You know where it is, don’t you? And who said, “Stand down.”?

    Laus Deo

  • Guest

    Wait, you WANT to live in fear of getting bombed every time you step outside your door?

  • Dustin Stephenson

    India’s “great” if you’re a male…and think very little of females. If you’re a female I’d stay away, unless your into gang sexual assault…and I doubt you are. They also have a ridiculously high ratio of males to females (compared to most of the world) because fathers (mothers have no say, of course) tend to not want girls so they kill them or force the woman to have an abortion once the gender is determined. Females just cost too much in India (Fathers have to pay ridiculous amounts to the grooms family for a marriage to happen) and can’t work the fields and bring in too little money for the family. They’re a “bad investment” in their eyes. China does this as well, but it’s because of the “one child policy”.

  • Jeff Lambeau

    As an Indian, I agree to your first and second sentence. The fathers killing daughters thing basically doesn’t exist anymore, except in extremely rural isolated cultures. But the political tide is largely shifting and the newer generations are instilling change into the system to allow for better equality. It’ll take time, but women’s rights and gay rights in India are progressing slowly but surely.

  • Dustin Stephenson

    Good to hear my friend. I’d heard that the dowry’s were outlawed (mainly to prevent this from happening I’d assume) but still practiced in many places. Yep, I’d also heard that these things mainly still occurred in the countryside.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure you’re referring to the fact that Palestinians constantly shoot rockets at the Israelis. I never said that I want to live in said fear. I simply stated that Israel is my number 1, as in the country I find most favorable. They are our ally. You’ve made a non sequitur here. I made no reference to where I want to live, just what nation I respect the most.

  • Jesus

    @pfiffi43:disqus exactly true.. as do the rest of the world think the same way as the US.. The united states has become ‘modern day’ egypt but the rest of the world wants to water it down.

  • melissa

    Thank you for your service.

  • jen

    You are quite ignorant. Neither of your statements are true about India. Try visiting the world instead of believing what fox/cnn say. Rape occurs everywhere – not heavily or more in India as you are implying. It has gained attention because apparently Indians care about this more than Americans do. Abortion occurs everywhere – in US alone in past several decades 30 – 50 mn abortions.

  • Vicci Thompson

    Where do the countries in the Southern Hemisphere rank?

  • Charlie from New Jersey

    Maybe it is because the Egyptians have overthrown the Muslim Brotherhood government that Hilliary put into power, jailed its leader for treason and outlawed the party. The only people upset with this were the Obama Administration and their paid lackeys in the press.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not a veteran, I was referring to VeteranJack48′s service.

  • Anonymous

    Jeff Lambeau stated the fact that he’s FROM India. Unless you have even set foot there, or can find a statistic or substantive fact to disprove him, then it appears you have no idea what you are talking about. You offered supposition that relies on moral relativism. You rely on ad hominem musing over reality.

  • Dustin Stephenson

    The UN has ranked India the most dangerous place to be born (or not yet born) a female. Their large population might account somewhat for that, not sure whether they based it on the numbers or percentage. I don’t mean to say that in India you’re guaranteed to be sexually assaulted or killed. I’m sure that many Indians are great people and I find it to be an interesting and very diverse country. That still doesn’t change the fact that it occurs there to a higher degree than anywhere. It also occurs in China as well to a large degree, more than likely because of the one child policy. Abortion certainly occurs in the U.S., something I don’t really agree with, but it’s not sex selective. As far as sexual assault, it’s one of the most common crimes there and is considered by the UN to be a “national problem”. Rural village elders still sometimes punish females who defy them with rape (even though it’s illegal) and there are certainly instances of large groups of thugs raping women in the city. Again, I don’t want to give any impression that it’s something all Indians do, but it is a problem there.

  • Crassus

    Paraguay should be on the list somewhere. It’s famous for nothing and proud of it.

  • Dustin Stephenson

    I’d love to go to Tonga or Tahiti! Actually, any of the countries you mentioned. Tonga and Tahiti would be first though…and second. Couldn’t do both at once, unfortunately. As far as the Mideast goes, I’ve heard Beirut was pretty nice (with a pretty decent sized Christian population) until the civil war and Muslim extremism came along.

  • Rob Erta

    Your steady beacon in the ever-shifting fog of illusions conjured up by today’s liberals and progressives: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878

  • jen

    How dumb to take someone’s comment because they say they are from the country. So do you speak for dems as well regarding anything from America as well?
    Of course, I have been there as well as other places. In terms of absolute numbers would be higher than US due to sheer population size, which means absolute # do not matter. China also has large numbers as well.
    Infact, you have no idea what you’re talking about – it seems the only thing matters to you are Israeli politicians.

  • jen

    If you have any concern for Indians or human lives or women, you are best to focus on atrocities of Islam.

  • melissa

    Oh, sorry!

  • http://disqus.com/KJinAZ/ KJinAZ

    The bigger problem is that 80% of the country couldn’t name half of the countries on the list.

  • Anonymous

    Mexico is +11? Who’da guessed!

  • Anonymous

    So, go ahead and post to Jeff Lambeau that he is a liar. That’s what you’re contending right? He and Dustin Stephenson stated things that are common knowledge and patently true about India. You tried to say that rape is as prevalent here as it is in India. Why don’t you move to India? If you do, GOOD LUCK! See if the male dominated society will give a crap when some guy assaults you and you try to report it. Actually don’t do that, I don’t want any guy to harm you. Just stay here where you and I know it is way safer. Why should I believe that you’ve been to India since you just typed it here and not believe Jeff?
    As to the notion that Israeli politicians are what matter to me…well no. I simply stated that the NATION of Israel matters to me. You added the word politician…for some reason. Stop with the non-sequiturs. They don’t enhance your debate skills.