Great data on the worldview of Americans, thanks to Ankit Lohani:
Interactive: How do Americans View the World? – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
This is a really interesting infographic. I especially liked how you could look at how specific demographics viewed different issues. On some of the issues, I started wondering how some of the views would differ if they were broken down further. Two of their demographics ,’Democrats’ and ‘Republicans’, are very large and diverse groups. For example Republicans in Utah are very different from Republicans in South Carolina as you can see from these two blog posts : http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/09/utah-very-republican-but-not-as-conservative-as-it-appears/ http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/18/in-inelastic-south-carolina-change-is-unlikely/
Basically, seeing this data on how Americans in general see the World made me curious as to how more specific groups of Americans view the World.
I think another pertinent question is how do Republicans view the world. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/25/opinion/brooks-the-conservative-mind.html It is interesting how, over time political determinants change.
I think we can all take a look at ourselves and see what we truly believe. Are we holding things to be true because of our party, or because we know them to be true deep down?
It is no secret that many Americans, and politicians, care very little about foreign policy. Many feel that it doesn’t matter to us because we are the most powerful nation in the world. The charts, specifically the ones focusing on the promotion of democracy as a goal of a nation, really showed me how very little Americans really do care about the rest of the world. There is a lot of very self-centered opinions of how America ought to go about on its business. And I don’t think that is right. In this ever increasingly globalized world, each country’s policies will impact everyone else. It is time to actually start caring about how countries view us and mending relationships. It is time to actually try to use our power to do good in the world.
Check out more here: http://usforeignpolicy.about.com/od/backgroundhistory/a/forpolwhocares.htm
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