In AMERICAblog today, a report on a Daily Telegraph/Yougov poll on British attitudes to America. Here's a few of the responses:
The US is a beacon of hope for the world - 77% disagree.
Do you trust them to act wisely on the global stage? - 12% agree
The US doesn't care what the rest of the world thinks.- 83% agree
President Bush is a great leader. - 1% agree
President Bush is a poor or terrible leader - 77% agree
70% like Americans.
Include me in the 70% who like Americans. I read a lot of American blogs. All of them loathe Bush and his ilk with a passion. Bush's approval rating is currently about 30%. That's low. The problem is, the mainstream media is in thrall to the Republican administration. If they fall out of line, like the New York Times recently, they are savaged. If you want to find out what's really happening in the US, you have to read the blogs. They're about the only avenue of free expression left.
And they're starting to become a force to be reckoned with.
This November, the US is having mid term elections. The blogs are going to play a vital role in getting the Democratic vote out, and hopefully win both houses, thus emasculating Bush. The Republicans may control the television news and the papers, but they don't control the blogs.
And the Blogwar has already started.
If you are a British reader of my blog (American readers already know this), the best way of finding out what Americans are really thinking, is to click on some of the links I've posted over the last month, and give them your support.