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Global Poll Finds Little Trust For U.S. In Muslim Countries


Afghan villagers burn a U.S. flag during a protest against NATO raids.

Afghan villagers burn a U.S. flag during a protest against NATO raids.

An independent poll shows Muslims around the globe remain uneasy about the United States and are increasingly disappointed with President Barack Obama.

The survey by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center found the United States was seen favorably by just 17 percent of respondents in Egypt, Turkey, and Pakistan and 21 percent in Jordan.

The Pew Global Attitudes Project said that majorities of the public in Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Indonesia, Lebanon, and Pakistan say the United States could someday be a military threat to their country.

But the study says America's image is holding strong in many other countries and continues to be far better than it was during much of George W. Bush's presidency.

Six out of 10 in Germany and Spain view the United States favorably -- double from the lows reached under Bush.

The U.S. image is also significantly better than it was under Bush in Russia, China, France, Argentina, South Korea, and Japan.

The study was conducted in April and May in the United States and 21 other countries.

compiled from agency reports
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