Europe: Still Smelly
Rasmussen Reports gins up the “does President Obama hate America and love Europe” controversy — which doesn’t seem to be, er, denting Obama’s improving poll numbers — by asking whether Americans think they’ve been too arrogant with Europe. Surprise!
Thirty-seven percent of American voters agree that in dealing with its European allies over the years, the United States has shown arrogance, been dismissive, and even derisive. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 47 percent disagree with that assertion and 16 percent are not sure.
Whether America has been dismissive with Europe doesn’t seem open to question. We did, after all, have a Secretary of Defense who called France and Germany irrelevent chunks of “Old Europe.” But Sean Hannity can now say that 47 percent of America agrees with him.