Pro- and Anti- Americanism in Britain: With Them or Against Them?

The recent state visit to Britain by President George Bush, the first by a United States leader since Woodrow Wilson in 1918, provided an excellent opportunity to gauge the strength of pro- and anti-American feeling in this country and to reflect on the implications.

The World Today Published 1 January 2004 Updated 16 October 2020 4 minute READ

Although media coverage before the event, particularly on television and radio, gave the impression that the visit would be deeply unpopular with a majority of the population, the Guardian poll published the day before showed a nation split down the middle. Those in favour of Bush coming – 43 percent – slightly exceeded those against – 36 percent – while the remainder did not have an opinion.

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