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Which Countries Love and Hate America the Most?

Published On 06/25/2015 Published On 06/25/2015
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Anyone who's seen a 4th of July celebration or a Lee Greenwood concert knows that we Americans are pretty fond of ourselves -- but how do folks in other countries feel about us? When it comes to external perceptions, are we beloved, reviled, or something in between?

Well, according to a recently released Pew Research study exploring America's Global Image, things are looking pretty good: a median 69% of all respondents in the 39 countries surveyed expressed a favorable opinion of the United States. Granted, 39 nations isn't representative of the entire world, but it's a start!

Public opinion of America was highest in the Philippines (92% favorable), with Ghana in second place (89% favorable) and South Korea tying with Kenya for third place (84% favorable). In fact, the greatest overall support for the United States was found throughout Asia and Africa. Thanks for nothing, Canada (68% favorable).

As for the countries where America's least popular, Jordan surprisingly tops that list (83% unfavorable), with Russia following closely behind (81% unfavorable). And remember, those are only the countries surveyed -- North Korea, for instance, doesn't play well with others, let alone take popularity tests.

Here's the full top 10 for both love and hate:

Positive:
10. Tanzania (78%)
10. Vietnam (78%)
8. Burkina Faso (79%)
7. Senegal (80%)
6. Ethiopia (81%)
5. Italy (83%)
4. Kenya (84%)
4. South Korea (84%)
2. Ghana (89%)
1. Philippines (92%)

Negative:
10. Venezuela (41%)
9. Argentina (43%)
8. Germany (45%)
7. China (49%)
6. Turkey (58%)
5. Lebanon (60%)
4. Pakistan (62%)
3. Palestinian territories (70%)
2. Russia (81%)
1. Jordan (83%)


Gianni Jaccoma is a staff writer for Thrillist, and he thinks Lee Greenwood is just the worst. Follow his patriotic tweets @gjaccoma, and send your news tips to news@thrillist.com

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