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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

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Japan Today - News - Japan's Leading International News NetworkPoll lays bare American foreign policy fears

Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at 17:18 JST
NEW YORK — Americans are worried about their role in the world, the US reputation in Muslim nations and rising deaths in Iraq, but have no idea how their fears could be remedied, according to a poll.

Three out of four Americans polled by Foreign Affairs journal and Public Agenda were worried both about losing trust abroad and concerned about hatred of the United States in Muslim nations.

Two-thirds of those polled believed that the world had a negative view of the United States and one in ten actually used the word "bully" to describe foreign perceptions of their country.

Eighty-two percent of those surveyed, meanwhile worried a lot, or somewhat, that the Iraq war was leading to too many casualties.

"Americans are broadly uneasy about the quality of our relations with the rest of the world, especially Muslim nations," said Public Agenda Chairman Daniel Yankelovich.

"The questions reveal widespread doubts about the country's current course. But there is no consensus on which direction to take." (Wire reports)

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