Global opinion of U.S. still positive, despite surveillance

Recommended by Bethan Owen

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, July 18 2014 9:40 a.m. MDT

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Despite global disapproval of U.S. spying and a drop in worldwide belief that the U.S. protects its citizens’ personal freedoms, the U.S. still enjoys a high public approval rating, according to a new study from Pew.

Almost every country polled expressed opposition to having their governments monitored by the U.S., while American citizens generally believe that spying on foreign governments is acceptable — but spying on Americans is not.


The revealed scope of NSA global surveillance hurt America’s global image, but the U.S. is still held in higher regard than other world powers, including China.


Read the entire study here.

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