From a poll published in The Daily Telegraph (and then picked up by Yahoo! News):
"...The YouGov poll found that 77 percent of respondents disagreed with the statement that the US is "a beacon of hope for the world".
As Americans prepared to celebrate the 230th anniversary of their independence on Tuesday, the poll found that only 12 percent of Britons trust them to act wisely on the global stage. This is half the number who had faith in the Vietnam-scarred White House of 1975.
A massive 83 percent of those questioned said that the United States doesn't care what the rest of the world thinks.
With much of the worst criticism aimed at the US adminstration, the poll showed that 70 percent of Britons like Americans a lot or a little.
US President George W. Bush fared significantly worse, with just one percent rating him a "great leader" against 77 percent who deemed him a "pretty poor" or "terrible" leader.
More than two-thirds who offered an opinion said America is essentially an imperial power seeking world domination. And 81 per cent of those who took a view said President George W Bush hypocritically championed democracy as a cover for the pursuit of American self-interests.
US policy in Iraq was similarly derided, with only 24 percent saying they felt that the US military action there was helping to bring democracy to the country..."
So we're mostly liked as a people, but not as a country nor as a foreign power in a leadership role. What a dropoff...I was in London immediately after 9/11 and almost to a man, everyone who approached me there just knew we would 'do the right thing' as a country, would act as the standard for what other countries should do after such a horrible, yet temporarily unifying, tragedy. I'm sure these results are news to someone out there, but I sure as hell hope it's not to anyone in Washington.
And, by popular request and also to underscore how I don't even have faith and respect to the POTUS, Mr. Bush, I give you: Slate's frequently updated 'Complete Bushisms: The President's Accidental Wit and Wisdom'. Further proof that Cheney, Rumsfield and Rice are really the true Wizards of DCoz. Read, laugh, and then weep...especially when you realize this is the kind of oft-quoted material he's known the world over for...for ourselves and our friends (British and otherwise) overseas.