December 4, 2007

Kenya Alone Says U.S. Acts to Reduce Global Inequality

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Kenya is the sole country, among the 47 covered by the latest Pew Global Attitudes Survey, in which a majority (55%) says that U.S. policies lessen the gap between rich and poor countries. The perception that American policies increase the gap between rich and poor countries prevails in most of the countries covered by the survey.

Only in Kenya, among the 47 countries covered by the latest Pew Global Attitudes Survey, does a majority (55%) say that U.S. policies lessen the gap between rich and poor countries; in contrast, in 32 countries, upward of 50% of respondents believe that the U.S. contributes to the rich-poor divide and in places as diverse as the Palestinian territories (73%), France (73%), Germany (72%), Spain (72%), Kuwait (72%), Argentina (71%), and South Korea (70%) at least seven-in-ten respondents agree with this assessment of U.S. policy. Even in the U.S., nearly four-in-ten (38%) think their country adds to global inequality. Read More