Study Finds US Popularity Down in the World

A study of public opinions in 44 countries showed that the image of the United States in the world has deteriorated sharply over the past two years, especially in Muslim nations.

"Since 2000, favorability ratings for the United States have fallen in 19 of the 27 countries where trend benchmarks are available," local press reported Thursday, quoting a newly-released study results.

The study, conducted by Pew Research Center for the People & the Press between July and October, surveyed more than 38,000 people in 44 countries with questions on issues such as nuclear weapons, AIDS, environment, ethnic and religious strife, anti-terrorism and the Iraq issue.

Under a title of "US losing popularity in world", the Los Angeles Times said that anti-American sentiment is most profound in most Muslim nations, despite US attempted efforts to improve its image in those nations.

On the issue of anti-terrorism, the International Herald Tribune, headlined "A rising anti-American tide", reported that the people of nearly every Muslim country surveyed opposed the waron terrorism.

The study also found that in Turkey, a key US ally in a possible war on Iraq, 83 percent of the Turks surveyed are opposed to using the country's base to strike Iraq. In addition, a majority believe that a US attack on Iraq would be prompted not bysecurity concerns but part of a broader US war on unfriendly Muslim countries.

The report of the study, with a cost of 4 million dollars, was delivered to the White House on Wednesday by Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew center.

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