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North Korea and Iran for the win!

Today’s WaPo asks which countries do the U.S. hate the most?  Well, surprise, surprise, surprise.  According to the latest Gallup poll it’s North Korea and Iran.

How Americans view foreign countries (Data: Gallup)

So, what about countries that view the U.S. “favorably?”  According to the Pew study in 2011 and 2010 that would be Kenya, Nigeria,  Lithuania, and drum roll- South Korea.  Interestingly, the Germans are rather ambivalent about the U.S. and the Russians have warmer feelings about the U.S. than one might think.  Also, Americans view Germany and Japan, two former WWII foes, rather pleasantly today.

How foreign countries view the U.S. (Data: Pew)

The Pew appears to skip South Korea on occasion, but here are their results over the last 12 years.

  • Adams-awry

    How does this square with the fact that most Americans can’t find North Korea, Iran, Kenya, Nigeria, and Lithuania on a map?

  • TheKorean

    Most Americans I know can’t distinguish North and South Korea. It’s the sad truth. LOL

  • yangachibastardo

    I’m surprised China is not hated more, it might be there’s be a reluctant, begrudging respect for a formidable adversary ?

  • wangkon936

    I am surprised that Turkey (NATO member) hates us so much.

  • Bob Bobbs

    And Koreans are widely-known for their sincere interest in the cultures and geography of other countries.

  • Hamilton

    More likely subconcious good feelings about Kung Pao chicken.

  • Hamilton

    And yet you can’t find South Korea’s biggest and best ally on a map of North America….ironic much?

    Hint hint: it’s the one with the foreign army that occupies the center of Seoul. It’s the sad truth LOL.

  • imememememe

    As much as I loathe China and distrust every Chinese, I must admit Panda Express is a guilty pleasure of mine.

  • imememememe

    Kenya? Isn’t that the birthplace of…oh, nevermind!

  • imememememe

    Most Americans can’t find S. Dakota on a map.

  • imememememe

    Funny how we love Canada but Canada’s like, “Please don’t touch me.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/aparna.rajesh.3388 Aparna Rajesh

    they hated 2 counties because of human rights abuses

  • Cloudfive

    That’s a different Korean …:/

  • Bob Bobbs

    Ha!

  • Bob Bobbs

    ‘Americans love Canada.’ Somebody tell Ann Coulter.

  • Wedge1

    Whatever happened to blame Canada? OK, maybe we like them because they beat the Mexicans in baseball on Sunday.

  • bumfromkorea

    Literally.

  • little coody stewz

    That doesn’t surprise me at all. The Turks hate everything that’s not Turkish.

  • wangkon936

    That stuff is as American as Taco Bell.

  • bballi

    I believe the guess who said it best in “american woman”

  • Horace Jeffery Hodges

    “Most Americans I know can’t distinguish North and South Korea.”

    That’s because they think it’s a trick question:

    Distinguish North and South Korea? Hmmm . . . well North Korea must be to the north, and South Korea must be to the south, so . . . nah, can’t be that simple, gotta be a trick . . .

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • TheKorean

    Yes it is sad, they are no different from the Waenom. ㅋㅋ

  • keyinjpop

    I feel the same, even though my stomach hurts afterwards, the food is soooo addictive.

  • wangkon936

    I really think you should modify your screen name, at least slightly.

  • wangkon936

    ime,

    Be prepared to get your mind blown:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNBEMctLG2M

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hankin/1037654521 Richard Hankin

    “money can’t buy me love”//oi vey. we give, uh, bribe, The Paks and Egyptians with billions in aid..how ironic..

  • imememememe

    same here. can’t digest that crap at all. its probably as bad as taco bell, KFC, etc.

  • imememememe

    that clip for some reason reminds me of the time i spent in china on business trips. god i can’t stand that filthy shithole.

  • silver surfer

    No love for Australia? Italy? And why so much dislike for Egypt?

  • yangachibastardo

    Not surprised at all here, it all has to do with one word starting with I and ending with M

  • Horace Jeffery Hodges

    They don’t like American individualism?

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • Hamilton

    “Interestingly, the Germans are rather ambivalent about the U.S.”
    ///
    That must be why they are finally taking their occupation Army er Air Force out of the heart of El Paso Texas USA!
    http://www.armytimes.com/news/2013/03/ap-german-air-force-plans-to-leave-bliss-031113/
    ///
    For too long they have occupied the heart of that great United States city, how would any other country react to having foreign troops on their soil?
    ///
    Oh wait they are just moving to New Mexico, thank God, the Jaeger Schnitzel at their officer club was outstanding. I remember when a German NCO mowed down an 18 year old girl while drunk driving back in 94 or 95 you should have seen the……utter silence. Everyone understood that was the actions of a single criminal not an indictment of the entire German nation.

  • Tapp

    The study was for 22 countries only… Australia and Italy were not in the survey. ROK was also not on the list.

    Egypt is predominantly Muslim. Most Americans can’t seem to differentiate between Muslim and terrorist, unfortunately.

    Here’s the link to actual numbers to anyone that’s interested: http://www.gallup.com/poll/161159/americans-least-favorable-toward-iran.aspx?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=syndication&utm_content=morelink&utm_term=All%20Gallup%20Headlines%20-%20Foreign%20Affairs%20-%20Government%20-%20Politics

  • Tapp

    The Armenian genocide and how our politicians react to it was my first guess, but it’s supposedly just good old fashioned religious extremism. According to Asia Times, the Turks don’t like us because we refer to them as “moderate-Islam”, aka “the non-suicide-bombing-Islam”. We mean it as a compliment, but it’s interpreted as the US challenging their faith. Sometimes you can’t win, I guess.

    There were other reasons listed. Here’s the link: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/IJ23Ak01.html

  • Cloudfive

    Yet I have a hard time imagining German Air force members going into El Paso late at night and shooting at random Texans with toy guns “for fun” from their car, although it wouldn’t be surprising if they ended up with actual bullet holes far more deadly than a shoulder wound if they actually pulled such a stunt.

  • Cloudfive

    You know what else would go over real well? If German military decided to handcuff an American shop owner for a parking violation outside Fort Bliss. I’m sure everyone in Texas would say the Germans were only doing their job. Right?

  • Hamilton

    We would have worked it out like adults just like every other issue with the German(and other) military in the US.

  • Hamilton

    I see your point and yes of course a drunk driving German NCO killing a local girl does pale in comparison to three bad Americans shooting people in the butt with rubber pellets. He fled the scene as well but was aprehended without gunfire and in Texas of all places!

  • Cloudfive

    Link to story? ’94-’95 you say? No German AF on American civilian rape or killing since then? How nice…

  • Cloudfive

    How many years did he get? More than Kenneth Markle served? Probably a lot less… since it was a car accident and he didn’t insert any umbrellas or coke bottles into the body of the girl.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gojaejin Jeremy J. Goard

    Many Americans have seen the documentary films about the mummy who came back to life and killed a bunch of people, until he was stopped by The Rock. Egypt is quite dangerous.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gojaejin Jeremy J. Goard

    I was gonna say “icecream”, but that’s two words.

  • MikeinGyeonggi

    I think most Americans really just don’t know much about China. How many could name the Chinese president or list more than two mainland cities?

  • Hamilton

    The lionking?

  • yangachibastardo

    Like adults ? You mean forcing your troops in Germany to go out in packs of at least 10 to preserve their life from murderous skinhead gangs ?

  • http://profiles.google.com/dcmusicfreak DC Musicfreak

    You don’t really have a point, unless lame tu quoque counts. (I’ll save you the trouble — it doesn’t)

  • http://profiles.google.com/dcmusicfreak DC Musicfreak

    But they don’t serve panda at Panda Express. What a let down.

  • Cloudfive

    Erm – not exactly tu quoque since I was responding to this:

    Interestingly, the Germans are rather ambivalent about the U.S.
    That must be why they are finally taking their occupation Army er Air Force out of the heart of El Paso Texas USA!
    http://www.armytimes.com/news/
    For too long they have occupied the heart of that great United States city, how would any other country react to having foreign troops on their soil?

    **Try harder. Fighting!