The U.S. was voted the biggest threat by far, garnering 24 percent of the vote. Pakistan was a very distant second with 8 percent, followed by China (6 percent) and Afghanistan (5 percent).
Perhaps not surprisingly, Americans had a slightly different view of the international troublemakers, naming Iran the top threat. Yet while Afghanistan garnered the second-most votes among American respondents, they also voted the U.S. among the most threatening nations -- in an unenviable veritable tie for third place with North Korea.
Interestingly, the U.S. was also the country to which people around the world would most like to move, if given the opportunity. Also, close to 50 percent of respondents expressed optimism about the future, reporting that they are more positive about 2014 than they were for 2013.
“Despite an unstable economic situation, our happiness index is extremely high all over the world except in Europe," Jean-Marc Leger, President of WIN/Gallup International Association, said in a statement. "Moreover people think that 2014 will be better than 2013. Optimism is back in the world.”
Fear breeds resentment and hate and ultimately extremism.
In my ideal world (please try to avoid all snickering), the US would actually be a moral leader in the world, a country that people couldn't so easily hate because we would actually live by our words and stop being the world's most powerful hypocrite.
And before you let that snicker out, come on...you know you want to.... I am very aware that we are not living in my ideal world. One can always dream.
Biggest threat, yet the country where most would like to live.
Are we seen as the bully and would many rather be the hunter vs the hunted?
Add the poor educational systems...really sad what this country has become. The divisive atmosphere certainly does not help.
It's funny, we know many foreign people and not one wants to live in the US- a fine place to visit, but to live, no way.
I tell the story of my hub's Irish cousin who lived in the USA for several years with her Japanese husband (both with MA degrees, visas and working). Their 2 kids were born in the states and the mom did secure US status, but they have since moved their family to Japan for a host of reasons.