Anti-Bush, anti-America sentiment rises in Germany
18 May 2004 ,
18 May 2004
BERLIN - Anti-American sentiment and the popularity of US President George W. Bush continues to decline in Germany following pictures of Iraqi prisoners being abused by American troops, a poll showed Tuesday.
The Stern magazine poll showed 69 percent of Germans view the political, economic and cultural influence of the US on their country as being far too big. This is up five percentage points from last year.
Only 12 percent of Germans polled say the US has a positive image - down almost 10 percentage points from 2003. Some 44 percent say the United States has an overall bad global image.
The worst ratings are reserved for President Bush.
A whopping 75 percent of Germans say they have only a minimal trust in the American leader while 3 percent say they have big trust in Bush.
Almost 50 percent of those polled say the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal poses serious questions for the overall image of the US.
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder strongly opposed the Iraq war and was supported by a majority of Germans in his stance which chilled ties with Washington.
The Stern poll surveyed 1,001 people and has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.
Subject: German news