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Bush is More Dangerous than Kim

World Leaders Poll

ICM Research based in London has carried out a very extensive telephonic survey to determine the general perception of people around the world on a few world leaders. The poll was conducted by the Guardian in Britain and leading newspapers in Israel (Haaretz), Canada (La Presse and Toronto Star) and Mexico (Reforma), using professional local opinion polling in each country. The study employed doing a telephonic interview of more then a thousand adults located across the world in Britain, Canada, Mexico and Israel. The interesting part of this study is important to note that this is primarily a non-US poll, which would allow us to look past the bias when interviewing Americans when they have so much at stake.

I have studied the data and even went the extra mile to create graphics to better give my readers an idea as to what was the overall opinion on each question. The results are as follows while the raw data can be downloaded here

Q1 – As you may be aware, George W. Bush has been President of the United States since 2001. In that time would you say that American foreign policy has made the world….

69% of the general public felt that Bush has made the world LESS SAFE

Dangerous Leaders Q1

Q2- What about the impact on democracy in the developing world? In that time would you say that American foreign policy has….

Where they find that 51% of the people feel that the democracy has not changed (neither improved nor worsened) by the American foreign Policy

Dangerous Leaders Q2

Q3. In hindsight, do you think that the United States was justified in its decision to invade Iraq?

In this question a whopping 71% felt that the United States was NOT justified in invading Iraq

Dangerous Leaders Q3

The following questions were on each world leader and how much of a threat was the leader to world peace

The President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad

39% felt Ahmedinejad was of moderate danger to world peace or a combined total of 62% with moderate to grave danger

Dangerous Leaders Q4

The Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong II

39% felt he was of great danger or a combined total of 69% of being moderate to grave danger

Dangerous Leaders Q5

The Leader of Al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden

70% felt he was of great danger to world peace or a combined total of 87% of being moderate to grave danger

Dangerous Leaders Q6

The leader of Lebanese Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah

37% felt he was of moderate danger or a combined total of 66% being of Moderate to Grave danger

Dangerous Leaders Q7

The Israeli acting Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert

43% of Moderate danger or 57% of moderate to grave danger

Dangerous Leaders Q8

The President of the United States, George W. Bush

40% of grave danger or a nail clinching total of 75% being of moderate to grave danger

Dangerous Leaders Q9


  • Flap |

    This poll is a JOKE.
    Poll size is small and sampling is biased.
    And you know what?
    Who the feck cares?
    You anti-Americans will remain anti-American no matter what the poll numbers.
    TM coming back to the USA soon?
    And why? Bush has two more years in office!

  • Teeth Maestro |

    Flap – Come on, if the poll happens to be against the US sentiments you cant label it as a joke. This is actually what I have been trying to tell you, that there is a serious Anti-US sentiment brewing outside the United States and you living ‘inside’ don’t realize it.

    This study is just a random sample, what do you want as a sample size a million respondents, come on, all Gallup polls or all US media polls even in the US uses a set 1000+, You accept those numbers but wont accept a survey that is anti-American – what hypocrisy?

    In the same light on your accusation for us remaining Anti-American, I think YOU also remain blinded to the global implications of your hegemony.

    Lets see what happens on Nov 7, will the tables turn or do we go for another 2 years of rampage.

  • shobz |

    I agree with doc all the way. First of all this poll was conducted by a number of reputable newspapers. Second, people who conduct polls know what they are doing as they know how to gather all the statistics. If they can use Nielsen’s ratings to determine the viewership of programs in the US why cant they use polls to check the popularity of political leaders? Its not as if the poll was conducted by some fictitious think tank or organization. Now if there were some “dangerous” Muslim leader on the list I am sure there would be people who would “flap” their wings and excitedly point out the poll’s authenticity.Well this means that there is loads of “anti-american” sentiment in countries who are friendly with the US ie. UK,Canada,Israel,Mexico. They say that the first step is always anger,denial and then acceptance (or is it denial,anger then acceptance) Its sad to see that people refuse to accept the true facts.
    PS. I have my doubts about the elections coz of Saddam’s verdict. I wonder why they announced it a couple of days before the elections. hmmm

  • shobz |

    i should have checked the name of the research company earlier. i must have breezed through the post without reading it. i remember working for ICM Research for a week. not a great exp.