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U.S. Leadership Rating Rises. Huh?
American Magazine, by James K. Glassman

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Posted By:eagleblurst, 4/16/2014 10:04:55 AM

Strange indeed are the results of the annual Gallup survey of U.S. leadership. The massive survey, mainly conducted face to face, asked roughly 1,000 people in each of 130 countries, “Do you approve or disapprove of the job performance of the leadership of the United States?” For the 2013 survey, 46 percent approved and 24 percent disapproved. That is a marked improvement over 2012, when approval was 41 percent. In 2008, the last year of President George W. Bush’s final term, approval was 34 percent.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Keekng, 4/16/2014 10:22:27 AM     (No. 9812838)

Utterly laughable.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 4/16/2014 10:44:35 AM     (No. 9812888)

Next time they should fight their own wars and not call US. Take some of that Socialist money and provide for their own defense.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 4/16/2014 10:46:30 AM     (No. 9812892)

I´sure all our enemies agree. Putin is in there to.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 4/16/2014 11:07:03 AM     (No. 9812937)

Let´s see, this Administration is known for its FLAGRANT cooking of the books, lying, deceit, impeding investigations, stonewalling, intimidating reporters, eavesdropping on reporter´s conversations, threatening FBI/DOJ/IRS actions on those unwilling to "go along." Gee, do ya think this survey just might be rigged? Just a little? A smidgen?

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