People sometimes elect lousy leaders. Other countries have done it, they understand, and they're forgiving. I give them credit for that. However, if America, having seen what Bush has done, elects him for a second term, I think the people of the world will then blame the people of America for Bush's first term as well as his second. Voting for Bush tells the world, "yes, we wanted that to happen."
The original poll covered ten countries, only two of which favored Kerry, according to this article in The Guardian.
The only exceptions to this trend are the Israelis - who back Bush 2-1 over Kerry and see the US as their security umbrella - and the Russians who, despite their traditional anti-Americanism, recorded unexpectedly favourable attitudes towards the US in the survey conducted in the immediate aftermath of the Beslan tragedy.The other eight countries polled:
- South Korea
In any case, this election may turn out to be more than the most important anyone in America can remember. The world is watching, waiting to see what their favored Americans do about their unpopular leader.