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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

EUROPEAN MASS-OPINION TOWARD THE USA: AN UPDATED ANALYSIS

Today's Buggy Topic

The subject-title comes pretty close to capturing it --- except that it also deals with the changes in European opinion, found in 19 European countries, during the spring of 2009 and the new Obama administration.  As you'll see if you look at the three buggy posts in the following Economist View link --- click here --- the changes are generally for the better.

More Specifically,

Prof bug then seeks to analyze whether mass-opinion of the US actually influences governmental behavior between the US and its NATO allies.  He also notes that some June 2009 survey data deal with similar views across the 19 European countries regarding American culture and its influences in European life.  A little later, he notes that while 65% of Frenchmen in the survey said they detested American food, other survey data taken in France show that 69% of the population eats at least once a month at McDonald restaurants there . . . 1049 at the end of 2008.

And, as frequently happens, prof bug gets in  a few jocular blows, all friendly you understand (?), directed at this or that fellow poster.