World Agrees—Bush Ineffective Global Leader

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GMI World Poll indicates that the world views Bush as an ineffective global leader due to his use of the U.S. military and the war on terrorism; Â?Americans still do not grasp the extent of the catastrophe unfolding in Iraq,Â? a foreign policy expert explains.

The world and the United States continues to view George W. Bush in different ways, in regards to his global leadership, with 79% of the globe citing him as ineffective and 53% of U.S. voters doing the same, according to the independent global market research company GMI, Inc. (http://www.worldpoll.com).

“It is not surprising given the failure of the war in Iraq and the in-your-face attitude of Bush towards foreign nations that Bush should be seen as an ineffective leader; he has managed to squander almost all of the credibility that the U.S. has acquired over the years,” explained visiting scholar at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington DC, Robert Dujarric. “What is surprising though is that so many Americans still see him as an effective global leader. This really shows that many Americans still do not grasp the extent of the catastrophe unfolding in Iraq and confuse the war against Osama with the fight against Saddam.”

The GMI World Poll survey, which samples 1,000 media-informed individuals in each of the world’s leading G8 economic nations*, found that the world believes George W. Bush ineffective due to his approach and strategy in Iraq, his use of the United States’ military force, and his strategy for reducing world terrorism. These are the exact opposite reasons U.S. voters find Bush effective as a global leader.

According to the survey, 47% of U.S. respondents indicated Bush was effective as a global leader due to his strategy for reducing world terrorism, his use of the United States’ military force, and his approach and strategy in Iraq. This disparity between the global and U.S. respondents continues to trouble key United States foreign policy specialists.

“That essentially four out of five of informed elites in G-8 nations find Bush ineffective not only poses severe and unprecedented limitations on America's capacity for global leadership, but risks squandering our international achievements of the twentieth century,” warned Professor Donald C. Hellmann, Director of the Institute for International Policy at the University of Washington.

Among the G8 nations, 71% of Canadians, 37% of Chinese, 87% of Germans, 92% of French, 82% of Japanese, 80% of Russian, and 76% of British found Bush ineffective as a global leader. Interestingly, China was the only nation that favored Bush as an effective global leader at 63%.

“Many Chinese probably see Arabs and Muslims in bad light, partly due to the situation in Xinjiang, and because their government has, for all practical purposes, not opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq,” concluded Robert Dujarric.

Results of both GMI World Poll surveys are available in their entirety at the following Web site: (http://www.worldpoll.com). Upon request, GMI will provide media with comprehensive World Poll survey results cross-tabulated by variables such as age, gender, geographic region, and where applicable, race and ethnicity.

*G8 nations are the world's major industrial democracies, including Canada, France, Germany, China, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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GMI World Poll quickly and accurately gathers international opinions about topical issues and critical global events, with real time results available in as little as 24 hours. GMI World Poll is the only survey that polls global opinions in real time, on-line, and with statistically accurate results. More information on GMI World Poll is available at http://worldpoll.com

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