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A new survey by the Pew Research Center clearly indicates that many peoples—even those of countries that are allied with the U.S.—continue to hold negative views of America. “The divide between the U.S. and Europe is only getting wider,” says Carroll Doherty, editor for the Pew Research Center. “It’s beyond a question of America’s image, it’s now to the point where people want action based on their opposition to the U.S.”
French and German opinion remains negative and generally unchanged since a year ago. “Across Europe, we found people supporting the emergence of a European Union that can stand up and be an equal power to the U.S.,” says Mr. Doherty. Even British support for the war in Iraq fell from 61 percent last year to 43 percent now.
One of the more disturbing trends identified in the survey: “Overwhelming majorities in Jordan and Morocco believe suicide attacks against Americans and other Westerners in Iraq are justifiable.”
For those countries allied with the U.S. in the war on terror (e.g., Pakistan, Jordan), how much longer can their politicians hold out against the will of their people?