"Japan was the only nation among the 20 polled where a majority (58 percent) said it is good that American customs and ideas are spreading to their country. In contrast, less than a third in Britain, France, Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Greece described the spread of U.S. ideas and customs as a good thing. In Egypt, Jordan, Turkey and Pakistan the numbers were even lower."
Richard Wike: American Star Power Still Rules the Globe
Are you watching the Academy Awards? Data from the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project shows that movies – and more broadly, American popular culture – are a strong suit of U.S. soft power, but opinions vary from country to country.
"The economic euphoria in India over the last few years, inspired by the country’s seemingly inevitable march toward double-digit growth, has suddenly soured. Although still relatively upbeat compared with many other countries, the Indian public’s confidence in their country’s direction and future economic growth has declined significantly compared with just a year ago. In a world where the Americans, the Europeans and even the Chinese have reason to worry about their economies, it is the Indians who have lost the greatest faith in their economic fortunes."
— From “Deepening Economic Doubts in India”, a new report by the Pew Global Attitudes Project.
In the past decade, anti-Americanism grew around the world. This was in response to concerns about the unchecked global power of the U.S., when it invaded Iraq in the face of very wide international opposition. In sharp contrast, today America is seen as on its way to losing its status as the dominant global superpower.
…[I]n 15 of 22 nations surveyed most say that China either will replace or already has replaced America as the world’s ‘leading superpower.’ This view is especially widespread in Western Europe, where at least six in 10 respondents in Britain, France, Germany and Spain see China eventually overtaking the U.S.
— Pew Research Center President Andrew Kohut in today’s Wall Street Journal, writing about a new Pew Global Attitudes survey report