As a JW, I always believed that the outside world adored us. I knew that many people didn't care for us, and didn't believe our teachings, but I thought our conduct was a "bright light" shining to the world. From the stage, we heard endless stories of business people and other non-jws praising us because we were such nice people. The conventions presented example after example (in the concluding talks usually) of comments made by local people that seemed to think we were God's chosen ones.
Did you feel the same way as a JW?
I realize now that by using "Information Control", they fed us a very unbalanced stream of information, and this isn't true. As a non-jw for the last year, I find that there are plenty of negative perceptions floating around too.