The poll showed that most of the most pro-U.S. countries are African, and this chart displayed the levels of approval in Mali, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, all ranked fifth.
This effort is an obvious failure, and the resulting chart, particularly the background image, is too much baggage for the simple data set it contained.
In our Trifecta Check-up, this chart fails on two fronts: it uses the wrong chart type, and it asks a meaningless question.
- The percentages are proportions of each country's population, and it is silly to stack them up as if they could be added.
- Because the three countries are all ranked 5th -- in each country, 89% of the respondents approved of the U.S., there is no point in showing three series of data! Each series say the same thing.
I am not offering up the following profile chart as an alternative but it is here to illustrate why there really are only three data points, and so a chart is a luxury we can afford to miss.