A good friend and sometimes-tipster points us to this blog post on a liberal website, quoting fairly recent Gallup polls that indicate China is more popular among Americans than Congressional Republicans.
The post is apparently part of a larger series making fun of Congressional Republicans by pointing out unpopular things they are less popular than, but it still provides a bit of perspective:
USA Today/Gallup Poll. Feb. 20-22, 2009. N=1,013 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.
“Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?”
Approve 36%–56% Disapprove
Gallup Poll. Feb. 9-12, 2009. N=1,022 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.
“Next, I’d like your overall opinion of some foreign countries. Is your overall opinion of [see below] very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable?”
China: Favorable 41%–51% Unfavorable
Granted, a 41% approval rating isn’t exactly universal acclaim, but even President Obama‘s approval is hovering around 62%. Given that what most Americans know about China begins with “Communist…” and ends with “…Tiananmen Square”, China could be doing a lot worse. And it might just be food for thought for those who see Americans as picking on China. As it turns out, Americans pick on everyone, but apparently there’s almost no one we like less than Republicans these days.