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Poll: U.S. Seen as Greatest Threat to Peace, Iran and Israel Tied in 4th Place

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Iranian protesters in Tehran, in front of the former U.S. Embassy, on the anniversary of its 1979 takeover, on November 4, 2013. Photo: Screenshot / FARS.

Iranian protesters in Tehran, in front of the former U.S. Embassy, on the anniversary of its 1979 takeover, on November 4, 2013. Photo: Screenshot / FARS.

A new poll of attitudes in 65 countries found that the U.S. topped the list of countries seen to be the greatest threat to peace, with 24 per cent, three to four-times greater than runners-up Pakistan, with eight per cent, and China, with six per cent, CNS News reported on Tuesday. The new WIN/Gallup International poll found a three-way tie for fourth place, with North Korea, Iran and Israel each with five percent of the votes.

The poll has been repeated since 1977, sampling views of about 1,000 people in each of the 65 countries polled, for a total of 66,806 respondents this year.

The survey confirmed global anti-American sentiment, in that the U.S. received up to 54 percent of votes from respondents in Russia, China, Turkey, Pakistan and Greece. But the same poll showed that, paradoxically, many of those same people want to move to America.

“The pollsters also asked, ‘If there were no barriers to living in any country of the world, which country would you like to live in?’ Some countries where the U.S.-as-greatest-threat view holds strong are also those where America would be a prized destination as a new home country,” CNS News said.

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In the Islamic countries polled, the U.S. and Israel generally received the first and second place as greatest threat to peace, CNS News reported:

“Algerian respondents picked the U.S. (37 per cent) followed by Israel (22 per cent); Indonesians named the U.S. (34 per cent), followed by Israel (27 per cent), as did Malaysians – the U.S. (25 per cent), then Israel (22 per cent). For Iraqis, the greatest threat came from Israel (24 per cent), then the U.S. (21 per cent); Lebanese selected Israel by a large margin (41 per cent), followed by the U.S. (23 per cent), as did Moroccan respondents – Israel (45 per cent), then the U.S. (17 per cent), and those in Tunisia – Israel (38 per cent), followed by the U.S. (27 per cent).”

American respondents named Iran as the greatest threat to peace (20 per cent), followed by Afghanistan (14 per cent). North Korea (13 per cent) – and the U.S., itself (13 per cent).

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