A survey entitled What do you think in Latin America about the European Union? revealed that China and Russia lead the negative image ranking among participants in the poll, which was carried out by the Latinobarómetro pollster, at the request of the German Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation, and Nueva Sociedad/Grupo Diálogo y Paz magazine, headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Only 19 percent of the people interviewed see China in a positive light. Russia scored even less, with only 17 percent.
At the other extreme, the United States and the European Union, especially Germany, have prominent positions and garner the best opinions among those interviewed. The U.S. has a 47 percent positive image, and Germany, 43 percent, says Argentine news site Infobae.
Brazil and Uruguay expressed the greatest rejection
Mexico and Bolivia are the countries that best classify Russia and China, but in neither do they reach 30 percent, and respondents from Brazil and Uruguay are the ones that expressed the greatest rejection, reported American Chronicles news site. The survey addressed aspects such as democracy, development model, and economic influence, and was based on a representative sample of the population of 10 Latin American countries (with an 87 percent average representativeness). Quotas were considered by sex, age, schooling, social stratum, and region in the 1,200 interviews conducted per country. Data collection was done through an online survey of adults with secondary or higher education, in Spanish and Portuguese, according to American Chronicles.
In Latin America, democracy is associated with the major countries of the North Atlantic. On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is “not a democracy” and 10 is a “full democracy,” the United States and France scored 7.7, Germany 7.5, Russia 5.1, and China only 4 points, says news site Prudent Press Agency. The development models pose a similar scenario, with the preferred models being from the West: 44 percent chose the United States, 41 percent Germany, 31 percent Japan, 29 percent China, and 15 percent Russia. And if only the European context is taken, Germany was chosen the most with 41 percent, according to the same source.