I was reading this article today and it struck me that the citizens of both nations overwhelmingly don’t want to have much to do with the other. Surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly), France actually has more dislike/distrust for America than the other way around. I thought this especially was interesting:
So…realistically we only dropped 8 points in France from a wooping 39% approval to 31% approval. The French have dropped a bit more rapidly in the US:
15% drop of approval in the US since 2002.
70% of the French people don’t believe the US is a ‘loyal ally’…wow. And 56% of American’s don’t feel the French are a reliable partner. Thats especially telling on the French side…my guess is that 70% of the French can’t agree on ANYTHING else except dislike for the US. And on the American side…when do 56% of American’s EVER agree on anything substantial?
So…since this is IYHO here, what do you think? Should we finally just face reality here and…what? Go our separate ways or something? This seems like such a fundamental split, and a particulary large percentage of the population, especially on the French side, that it just doesn’t seem to be brige-able. Those kind of numbers, IMHO, go beyond simple dislike of the administration…or simply resentment by the US over the Iraq war. Or do they? Thoughts?
Wonder if there are any polls from France pre-Bush to compare it too…