"Bush told his senior aides Tuesday that he 'didn't want to see any stories' quoting unnamed administration officials in the media anymore…said a senior administration official who asked that his name not be used."
-- The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 16
"Italy is now a great country to invest in….Today we have fewer communists….Another reason to invest in Italy is that we have beautiful secretaries."
-- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, in a September 24 speech
American ideals are popular around the world -- America itself, not so much. That's the broad portrait painted by the Views of a Changing World 2003 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press, which measured the opinions of 16,000 people around the world on a wide variety of issues.
Democracy, modernity, and free markets are viewed favorably almost everywhere. Africans were far more likely than Westerners to say that the effects of global trade had been "very good." But people's opinions of the U.S. have grown far less positive during the last year. Our approval rating among Nigerian Muslims sank from 71 percent to 38 percent, and even in places such as Brazil, South Korea, and Russia, people were "disappointed" about Iraq's mild military resistance. The full report can be downloaded from people-press.org/reports/pdf/185.pdf.