According to a series of coordinated polls published today from 10 countries, including many of the United States' closest allies, America's reputation is in the toilet.
On average, 57 percent of those questioned in the polls, conducted in Canada, France, Britain, Spain, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Mexico, Israel, and Russia, said their opinions of America had worsened over the past two to three years, while only 20 percent said their view had improved.
People in all 10 countries were also asked whom they hoped to see win the White House, and Kerry was favored by overwhelming majorities in eight. In France, for example, it was 72 percent Kerry, 16 percent Bush; in South Korea, 68 percent Kerry to 18 percent Bush; Canada, 60 percent to 20 percent; Spain, 58 percent to 13 percent; Australia, 54 percent to 28 percent; and Britain, 50 percent to 22 percent.
The two countries where Bush came out on top: Israel (50 percent to 24 percent) and Russia (52 percent to 48 percent).