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What do Asians think about the United States?

Pew Center survey reveals Asian attitudes about their own lives, their nations, the world, and the United States. New Asia Institute pages summarize findings on Asia.

About the Survey | General View | US Foreign Policy | Economic Inequality | American Ways | Americans and Democracy | Popular Culture

The information below has been extracted from "What the World Thinks in 2002," a publication of the The Pew Global Attitudes Project. The report may be downloaded by clicking here. The precise questions and the full data compilation is available here. Both are in .pdf format which requires Adobe Acrobat. To get a free copy of Acrobat, click here.

This survey was conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press in collaboration with a number of survey organizations around the world. 38,000 people in 44 nations were surveyed. Surveys of 11,820 people were conducted 9 Asian nations. In presenting their findings, the Pew team groups Pakistan with Middle East/Conflict Area nations rather than with other Asian nations. The surveys were conducted between July and October, 2002. In all but one of the Asian nations, the survey was conducted face to face with adults over age 18. In Japan the survey was conducted by telephone. The last section of the report offers details about the research process.

General View of the US

Opinion of the United States -- percent indicating a favorable, unfavorable or don't know/no comment opinion. The question was not permitted in China.

 
Favorable
Unfavorable
Don't Know/
Refuse to
answer
Bangladesh
45
47
9
China
N/A
N/A
N/A
India
54
27
19
Indonesia
61
36
3
Japan
72
26
2
Pakistan
10
69
20
Philippines
90
7
3
South Korea
53
44
3
Vietnam
71
27
3

Few Pakistanis have a positive image of the United States. Among surveyed nations, only a smaller percentage of Egyptians (6%) felt positively about the U.S. Slightly more Pakistanis felt positively about Americans (17%) than they did about the United States (10%).

US Foreign Policy

Does US foreign policy consider others? Do you favor or oppose the US-led war on terrorism? Again, this question was not permitted in China.

 
US foreign policy
considers others
US-led war on terrorism
 
Yes
No
Favor
Oppose
Bangladesh
15
40
28
46
China
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
India
38
31
65
10
Indonesia
41
49
31
64
Japan
36
59
61
32
Pakistan
23
36
20
45
Philippines
74
15
82
17
South Korea
23
73
24
72
Vietnam
80
8
62
29

Economic Inequality

Do US policies increase the global economic divide? This question was not permitted in China.

  US policies increase the
gap between rich and poor countries
Bangladesh
41
China
N/A
India
46
Indonesia
53
Japan
69
Pakistan
39
Philippines
33
South Korea
67
Vietnam
63

American Ways

Is the spread of American ideas and customs good or bad? The question was not permitted in China.

 
Good
Bad
Don't Know/
Refuse to
Answer
Bangladesh
14
76
10
China
N/A
N/A
N/A
India
24
54
22
Indonesia
20
73
7
Japan
49
35
15
Pakistan
2
81
17
Philippines
58
36
6
South Korea
30
62
8
Vietnam
33
60
7

Americans and Democracy

Do you like or dislike American ideas about democracy? This question was not permitted in China.

 
Like
Dislike
Don't Know/
Refuse to
Answer
Bangladesh
31
31
38
China
N/A
N/A
N/A
India
36
27
37
Indonesia
52
40
8
Japan
62
27
11
Pakistan
9
60
31
Philippines
69
25
6
South Korea
58
37
5
Vietnam
68
24
8

Popular Culture

Do you like or dislike American popular culture?

 
Like
Dislike
Don't Know/
Refuse to
Answer
Bangladesh
20
69
10
China
55
36
9
India
24
46
30
Indonesia
59
40
1
Japan
74
18
8
Pakistan
4
79
17
Philippines
70
26
3
South Korea
53
38
9
Vietnam
45
52
3

Pakistanis have the greatest disdain for American popular culture. Bangladesh, India, and Jordan occupy second, third and fourth place among those surveyed in their dislike for American popular culture. Only Canadians and the British exceeded Japanese appreciation for American popular culture. Poland and the Philippines tied for fourth in their favorable attitude towards American popular culture.

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