Nigeria is a U.S. fan

A BBC survey sampling people from 25 nations, including the U.S., has shown that the global community overwhelmingly disapproves of current U.S. foreign policies:

The World Service survey, conducted in 25 nations including the US, found that three in four respondents disapproved of how Washington had dealt with Iraq. The majority of the 26,381 respondents also disapproved of the way five other foreign policy areas had been handled.

The five other areas are: Guantanamo, Israel-Hezbollah, Global Warming, Iran’s nuclear program, and North Korea’s nuclear program.

Across the 25 countries polled, 49% of respondents said the US played a mainly negative role in the world. In Kenya, Nigeria, the Philippines and the US most of those polled said they thought America had a positive role. But among Americans, the number of those who viewed their country’s role positively fell to 57% – six percentage points down from last year and 14 percentage points down from two years ago.

Those polled from Nigeria consistently backed U.S. foreign policies where other nations opposed – Nigeria, Kenya and the Philippines all seem to view U.S. presence in the Middle-East as a stabilising presence.

This seems rather backwards, especially given the recent turmoil that Nigeria has seen over controlling oil – perhaps they don’t see the parallels between their warring factions and ours.

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1 Response to “Nigeria is a U.S. fan”


  1. 1 yachtscrew January 23, 2007 at 10:56 am

    I guess the reason for the variety of responses is the vagueness of the question…”positive role”?
    And, the amount of PR spin allowed in the country’s media. Countries who’s media is tightly controlled, or owned by private individuals well ensconced in the establishment will be looking at self advancement.
    Those countries who idolize the capital system proposed by the US (globalization benefits) will see the US role as beneficial.
    Education makes a significant difference too. Those people who have only heard rumors of “America’s streets paved with gold” will fantisize all things great and good in the US. But if they could see the wealth side by side with the poverty in the US…and the corruption and craziness everywhere, the personal isolation and fear, and the media manipulation and fadism most would prefer to stay home.


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