'SAGE Cons' tell Barna their global views

Friday, January 20, 2017
Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Russian President Vladimir PutinA lot is going to change in Washington, D.C. with a new administration, including our relationship with other countries. 

A survey performed by veteran pollster George Barna gauged the views of so-called "SAGE Cons" about nine influential countries around the globe.

Barna and his team have been tracking the views of this group, known as "Spiritually Active, Governance Engaged Conservatives." 

"The positive ones include England and Canada, which were by far the most positive," Barna says. "And a large majority of SAGE Cons says that America's relationships with Russia and China really are in the dumps right now."

Canadian PM Justin TrudeauSomewhere in the middle, in descending order of positive perception, are Germany, France, Brazil, India and Mexico. Only 29 percent of SAGE Cons have a very or somewhat positive view of our relationship with that country.

Israel is intentionally left off of the list, Barna says, because it merits a separate poll in the future.

"Over all," Barna says of their view, "SAGE Cons have a bright, optimistic perspective about what's going to be coming down the line."

The middle six countries mentioned above maintain their generally positive score with SAGE Cons. The surprise comes at the top and bottom of the list.

"Chinese Navy subMaybe the most surprising one," he says, "is the strength with which they support the idea that we're going to have much better relationships with Russia."

That jumped 50 points to the top of the list, reflecting President Donald Trump's optimism about his relationship with Vladimir Putin.

Mexico and China are still at the bottom. SAGE Cons are concerned about the wall, and who's going to pay for it, and the aggression of China in the western Pacific.


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