Welcome! Sign in to access your account. New user?

Are Americans stupid - or does it just seem that way?

Looking for the old results?
Citizens, corporations and the government of the United States of America have made many positive contributions to the World over many years but are probably more disliked and distrusted than ever before. Some of the recent statements and actions of the USA seem stupid to many in the World. This poll attempts to find out if there is a discrepancy between American and non-American perceptions of reality. The poll is in two parts. The first is for non Americans and the second part is for Americans.

Non-Americans, what are your main sources of information about the USA and its actions? Check all that apply.

64% (80) Local newspapers and magazines (published in your country)
39% (49) Radio
80% (100) Television
82% (102) The internet
50% (62) Personal experience - I have been to the USA
42% (53) From close friends / relatives who have been to the USA
34% (43) University or school studies
30% (38) Speeches by local politicians and political leaders
43% (54) Books
21% (27) Other

124 voters have answered this question.

Non-Americans, what is your attitude to US government? Check the button that most closely matches your attitude.

13% (17) I have no significant concerns about what the USA government says and does in th
21% (27) I have some concerns about what the USA government says and does in the world.
65% (83) I have serious concerns about what the USA government says and does in the world

127 voters have answered this question.

Non Americans, do you distinguish between the actions of the US government and major corporations on one hand, and ordinary Americans citizens on the other?

27% (34) No, Americans are responsible for the actions of their democratically elected government.
37% (47) Sometimes, depending on the circumstances.
35% (44) Yes, American citizens have little control over their government and corporations

125 voters have answered this question.

Non Americans, how well informed do you think Americans are about the rest of the World, and the actions of their own government and major corporations.

2% (3) Well informed
6% (8) Moderately well informed
29% (37) Poorly informed
61% (76) Largely ignorant

124 voters have answered this question.

Americans, do you agree with the assertion that the USA is more disliked and more distrusted than ever before?

9% (12) No, the USA has always been disliked and distrusted
3% (5) No, the USA is only disliked or distrusted by a few.
7% (10) Don't know
17% (23) Yes, but the USA doesn't deserve its reputation
61% (79) Yes, the rest of the World has cause for concern

129 voters have answered this question.

Americans, how well informed are you and your fellow citizens about what is going on in the World?

22% (23) Very well informed
19% (20) Moderately well informed
28% (29) Our knowledge is patchy
6% (7) Poorly informed
23% (24) Largely ignorant

103 voters have answered this question.

Americans, why are you so disliked and distrusted?

5% (5) We aren't disliked and distrusted except by a very few.
14% (14) Our critics are misinformed or don't understand us.
8% (8) Our critics are jealous of our freedoms and wealth
65% (65) Our critics are justified - the USA has done some bad things
8% (8) Other / none of the above

100 voters have answered this question.

This poll was created on 2003-09-27 09:24:10 by Brian Extra
Next Poll
Back to Category