In a positive light, overwhelmingly
It is difficult to get 71% of Indians to agree on anything. But Bill Rice’s post on the latest Pew survey reveals that by and large, Indians have some very good feelings about the United States.
Bill concludes that this counts as a success for the Bush administration’s foreign policy. But there is a danger that this too strengthen the perception that a rational, democratic, politically stable India can be taken for granted. In the event, it will be a mistake: the same survey shows that 45% of Indians view China’s rise positively. Eighty-one percent felt that the world will be better off if another country rivaled American military power.
It will be interesting to see how these perceptions will change especially after the outcome of India’s bid to secure a permanent seat at the UN Security Council. While it is unlikely that the United States will suddenly drop into disfavour, if India’s bid results in failure due to an American veto, its popularity ratings will certainly take a hit.