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Shutdown hurting U.S. image abroad, top pollster, KU grad tells Lawrence audience

October 7, 2013

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The current federal government shutdown is beginning to scare the tea and crumpets out of the rest of the world, one of Great Britain's top pollsters and political commentators told a Lawrence audience Monday.

Sir Robert Worcester — the founder of the powerhouse polling firm Market & Opinion Research International, and a Kansas University graduate — said the current federal standoff is damaging the country's standing with the rest of the world.

"If it continues the way it is going now for very much longer, the rest of the world is going to get scared to death," Worcester said after delivering an address to the Lawrence Rotary Club.

Worcester, a Kansas City native who graduated from KU in the 1950s, is back in Lawrence meeting with Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and speaking in several KU classes. He said the reoccurring nature of a standoff between Republicans and Democrats over the federal debt limit is beginning to do permanent damage to the United States' reputation around the world.

Worcester said he thinks other world leaders are becoming frustrated by the stalemates because there is little they can do to influence the situation. It has left many recalling a sentiment often expressed by former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

"Americans are famous for doing the right thing, after they have tried everything else," Worcester said. "I think that is being borne out currently."

Worcester, who sold his research firm to the international polling company Ipsos, currently is the chancellor of the University of Kent, and frequently appears on the BBC television network to analyze British and American elections.

Worcester, who actually lives in an English castle built in the Middle Ages, spoke to business students, journalism students and several other classes at the university. Longtime KU administrator Jeffrey Weinberg has been friends with Worcester for more than 20 years, and said he encourages Worcester to return to his alma mater frequently.

"He is a great role model for students," Weinberg said. "He's a prime example of a KU graduate who has worked his way through the professional world, reached great heights and has a well-respected voice on both sides of the Atlantic."

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Mike Gerhardt 6 months, 1 week ago

Obama administration refused to pay death benifits to the families of our fallen soldiers. Him and his whole corrupt administration are despicable. All part of his "Make it hurt" campaign.

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seebarginn 6 months, 2 weeks ago

"He is a great role model for students," Weinberg said. "He's a prime example of a KU graduate who has worked his way through the professional world, reached great heights and has a well-respected voice on both sides of the Atlantic."

In other words, someone hated and envied by teaparty trolls.

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seebarginn 6 months, 2 weeks ago

A topic about the perceptions of the US around the world has fascinating implications for a message board published in a Kansas paper, given the reputation of our state. Although many of us know that not everyone here is a creationist, born again Christian, gun loving and gay hating zealot, it's hard to fight that image.

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Centerville 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Maybe they really do think the govt is "shut down", rather than just playing a silly game with about 6% if it's most unnecessary functions. All it would take is a day of two of honest reporting for them to learn that no one here notices.

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Liberty275 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Republicans, the rest of the world cannot vote for you. Listen to the people that will.

Obstruct and repeal. That is all we expect.

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Kate Rogge 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Boehner is a wiling captive to the most extreme and irresponsible members of the Republican House. Anyone who honestly thinks these domestic terrorists care about keeping government open and preventing a credit default is as crazy as they are. It's like holding a gun to a kid's head and saying "Give me what I want or the kid gets it" when they hate the kid (government) to begin with and can't wait to pull the trigger.

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gatekeeper 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Those that think this is a joke don't deal internationally in business every day like I do. Watch the world markets. When our congress fumbles with our economy, it radiates worldwide.

Keep your heads in the sand and keep thinking we live in a world where big oceans separate us. While you're doing that, I'll be online and on the phone with Asia tonight, then Europe in the early morning.

If the stupid repubs decide to hold the debt ceiling hostage, watch as the world markets plunge. Do you like your 401K? Might be better off just withdrawing your $ now and taking the penalty. Oct 17/18th, it will be half of what it had been.

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rtwngr 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Damaging the country's standing in the rest of the world? Really? Well, who really cares anyway? Oh, by the way, love your steak sauce. I might remind Sir Robert Worcester that Barack Obama hates the imperialist history of the west best symbolized by his returning the bust of Winston Churchill to England who presented it to President Bush as a gift. Our rep is already in question because of the "Apologizer in Chief." Mr. Redline (but I don't mean it.)

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irtnog2001 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Methinks we worry a bit too much about what the rest of the world thinks. They generally complain and take us for granted anyway until they need us to save their bacon!

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oletimer 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I find it hard to believe that both sides of the circus claim our best interests are at stake. Yet both sides are miles apart in their thinking. Someone is lying. As for the article, most of the world has considered us the laughing stock for the last 5 years.

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DennyBarritt 6 months, 2 weeks ago

WOW, I'm so concerned about this !!! Shows that the author has nothing better to do and his time is worthless. Much like the rest of the left wing bums and losers in this town. At least he's writing to the proper audience.

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whats_going_on 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I kind of feel like the rest of the world already thought that we're a bunch of wankers anyway.

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Bob Forer 6 months, 2 weeks ago

The Republican Party hates America and is hell bent on destroying it.

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Keith 6 months, 2 weeks ago

You two are like the Waldorf and Statler of LJW comments.

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Mike Gerhardt 6 months, 2 weeks ago

My mistake, it was 445 million, not billion.

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Mike Gerhardt 6 months, 2 weeks ago

My mistake, it was 445 million, not billion.

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Beer Guy 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Yet having a peace prize holder bombing other countries is ok? This sounds bias.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 months, 2 weeks ago

The real issue here is that the idiots who elected the tea party republican terrorists are all for bringing down the federal government. They have so stated. They are racist bigots who hate the black president (no news service, CNN, Fox, etc will say this truism) and are ardently in favor of what happened in Germany in the 1930"s.

To be sure, economic conditions are not nearly as bad as they were then, what with the collapse of the German economy with the 1929 stock market crash on Wall Street, but it is the same sendiment that brought down the Weimer Republic.

Not true you say?? People who bring up the nazis are just dumb and ignorant, waving in the wind?????Really!! Get out your history books and study up on the rise of the Third Reich. Then listen to what the idiots in congress are doing now this very minute.

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pigballin 6 months, 2 weeks ago

who cares about what a Brit has to say about the US. His country is in shambles.

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oldvet 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Well, maybe obama could bow to a few more muslims and go on another apology tour to get our image polished again. he has the time, since he isn't going to sit down to negotiate anything.

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Mike Gerhardt 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Hey, this administration is giving IOUs, and telling federal employees to work on federal holidays but gave 445 billion to PBS on the first day of furlough, and not Obama calls Bohner and tells him he refuses to negotiate on the budget and debt ceiling. Obama acts more like the dictator of North Korea than the President of the United States.

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toe 6 months, 2 weeks ago

America's reputation is irrelevant. Foreign nations are worried their handouts could end. As they should.

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Ray Parker 6 months, 2 weeks ago

"Camino Americano: March for Immigration Reform" is setting up for a planned immigration reform rally Tuesday on the supposedly closed national mall in Washington, DC. The excuse this time is that First Amendment rights for Mexicans, leftists, and Marxists override the government shutdown, even if rights for WWII and Vietnam veterans do not. Meanwhile, the Million Veteran March on DC Memorials is scheduled for October 13, 9am, at the WWII Memorial on the Mall. At the same time, Kansas veterans not travelling to Washington will rally at the Kansas Vietnam Veterans Memorial near I-70 in Junction City, KS, on the east side of Heritage Park, 6th and Washington. The memorial is privately funded, but, of course, if any barry-cades exist, they will likely be torn down. Missouri veterans will rally at the Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial, at Pershing and Main in downtown Kansas City, MO. This memorial is private funded, on land donated by the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department. No barry-cades allowed.

Million Veteran March on the Memorials

Million Veteran March on the Memorials by parkay

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