Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Graph of the day: Global views of influence
From the BBC 2010 World Service Poll (.pdf):
GlobeScan: GlobeScan's Chairman Doug Miller commented: 'This is the first time in our five years of tracking we've seen a worsening of Canada's image around the world. Negative media coverage of Canada's environmental policies may be partly to blame.'...
Toronto Star: The biggest drops in ratings were in the United States [62% from 82%], and China [54% from 75%]. The self-image of Canadians also dwindled. The 86 percent who felt positive about their country's influence in 2008 shrank to 75 percent last year...
There may be other issues [beyond environmental policies] at stake, said Paul Heinbecker of Wilfrid Laurier University... 'Canada has played down the significance of China for years, and if you look at the Middle East and beyond, it has aligned itself with Israel on everything to do with Palestinians.'
CBC: 'If the conditions persist, it can start to set in more cognitively and become an anchor that weighs down [Canada's] reputation,' said Miller. 'What countries have found it that it's extremely hard work to regain trust.'