Tim Love's World

The Penalty of Freedom

SAID School of Business
Oxford University, March 2010

Despite a generally positive global reaction created by the change in the U.S. government with the election of Barack Obama in 2008, there continues to be significant anti-U.S. sentiment worldwide. The Pew Research Center, which has been measuring global attitudes about the U.S. since before 9/11 shows that although there was a slight improvement in America's image in 2008, it was well below ratings reported in 1999 and 2000. A poll commissioned by the BBC World Service in 2007 also indicated a negative perception: of over 25,000 people questioned across the 25 largest countries, more than 52 percent say the U.S. is a "mostly negative" influence on the world.

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