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8 in 10 Americans view Afghanistan unfavorably

8 in 10 Americans view Afghanistan unfavorably

Mar 08, 2013 - 09:23

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): Eight in 10 Americans have an unfavorable view of Afghanistaninfo-icon, making among the worst rated country out of 22 asked about, a latest opinion poll said on Thursday.

Afghanistan, is slightly above neighbouring Pakistaninfo-icon which is ranked third from bottom in the list if favorable countries, wherein Afghanistan is listed on the sixth lowest spot.

However, with nearly nine in 10 Americans have an unfavorable view of Iran, it is the worst rated country. Seven other countries -- Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Pakistan (81 percent), and North Korea -- also receive unfavorable ratings of 70 percent or more.

Eighty percent or more of Americans have favorable images of Canada, Great Britain, Germany, and Japan.

According to Gallup, Americans react most positively to two English-speaking countries (Canada and Great Britain) that are longtime US allies and to two countries -- Germany and Japan -- that were the major U.S. foes in Worldinfo-icon War II about 70 years ago. All four of these countries are now democracies with economic systems that in many ways reflect the same dynamics as the US system.

Three additional countries, France, India, and Israel, are "above water" -- although they are not at the top of the list, they engender attitudes from Americans that are much more favorable than unfavorable, it said.

Gallup said the US actively invaded two of the countries in this bottom tier -- Iraq and Afghanistan -- in efforts to overthrow their governments or controlling factions. Syria is in the middle of major domestic turmoil at this time.

The US-Pakistani relationship is beset with rockiness despite the strained cooperation between the two on military matters. And continuing Gallup research has shown that Americans strongly favor Israel's side of the enduring conflict between that country and the Palestinian Authority, helping explain why the latter is in this bottom group, it said.



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