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Latin America: Down on Bush, Not Democracy

President Bush’s effort to show Latin Americans that “you have a friend in the United States of America,” may be a hard sell during his five-nation tour of the region: A majority of Latin Americans view the United States unfavorably, recent multinational surveys show, and most disapprove of the Bush administration’s foreign policies.

But though the U.S. government’s image needs burnishing in Latin America, the region does not appear to embrace the radical change espoused by some anti-American nationalists. Most view themselves as political moderates and do not look very favorably on the United States’ arch-rival in the region, President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela.

Moreover, Latin American democracy appears to have strengthened in recent years. Majorities in most Latin American countries embrace democracy as the best form of government, rejecting the idea that authoritarianism might sometimes be preferable. Click here to read the report at worldpublicopinion.org.

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Comments (4)






Latin America's disdain for Bush is similar to what we see in other countries. All of them. Probably never before has a US president been so universally despised. It's really something if you think about it: the loathing and hatred he inspires in EVERY SINGLE OTHER country in the world. Everywhere he goes, demonstrations, burning effigies, vitriol, and bile. What a grotesque embarrassment. What a terrible terrible mistake on our part.


I wonder why we think that Latin Americans need to choose between the US and Venezuela. Moer interesting, I think, is the growing influence of countries like Japan and Taiwan. I remember when I was in Nicaragua in 2001... the government of Taiwan had paid for the construction of a new parliment building in the capital.

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