We're #1! (and 2!)
Canada has topped a list of countries with the most positive image and Japan follows with #2. A BBC survey has found Canada had the most positive rating in the survey of 28,389 people in 27 countries, with 54 per cent viewing it positively and 14 per cent negatively. It was followed by Japan and France. At the lower end of the scale, Israel was viewed negatively by 56 per cent of respondents and positively by 17 per cent; for Iran, the figures were 54 per cent and 18 per cent. The United States had the third-highest negative ranking, with 51 per cent citing it as a bad influence and 30 per cent as a good one. Next was North Korea, which was viewed negatively by 48 per cent and positively by 19 per cent.
Here are a few items that may change people's opinions of the top two countries:
(Don't bother: all links defunct.)
78-year old B.C. woman sent to jail over protest.
Women's group wants Harper to denounce racist e-mail sent from federal office
Cram school teacher gets 18 years for slaying girl.
Keep helping ex-sex slaves
LDP, DPJ ranks hear Nanjing denial lecture
I'm sure if I looked hard enough, I could probably find lots more negative news on Canada and Japan, but I'm not going to take the time to find positive news on Israel, Iran, the US or North Korea. Sorry to you completists out there.