Monday, August 19, 2002

Cuaderno Latinoamericano - A recent poll conducted by Latinobarometro, a Chilean polling firm, shows that Latin Americans are very patient with the United States and ultimately positive about their northern neighbor - in spite of the benign neglect (and sometimes even a bit of arrogant disdain) shown the region by the Bush Administration in recent months. Andres Oppenheimer weighs in on this new data. Not surprisingly, most Argentineans view the United States in a negative light according to this data. Does this give Bush a mandate to pursue a hemisphere wide Free Trade Agreement? Perhaps, but as Oppenheimer notes, the approval ratings, though high, are trending downward, which means Bush needs to act soon before it's too late.

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