BBC Poll: Israel´s global image plummets (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Ynet Published: 05.17.12, 01:21)
YNet News - Yediot Achronot
YNet News - Yediot Achronot Articles-Index-Top
Israel ranks among states perceived to have most negative influence
on world, according to BBC poll; only Iran, Pakistan do worse,
Israel´s image hits nadir in Europe
Israel is ranked third among nations perceived as having a negative
influence on the world, the BBC´s annual poll shows, indicating
further decline in the Jewish state´s global image.
Only Iran and Pakistan did worse than Israel in the survey.
The poll, undertaken between December 2011 and February 2012,
encompassed 24,090 respondents worldwide. Iran took the unflattering
top spot, again, with 55% of respondents saying is has a negative
influence on the world. Pakistan ranked second (51%), with Israel and
North Korea tied for third place (50%).
Last year, 47% of poll respondents said Israel had a negative effect
on the world.
According to the latest survey, only 21% of respondents view Israel´s
influence as mostly positive, the same figure as last year. A
favorable change in the West was only recorded in the United States,
with 50% of Americans saying they view Israel in a positive light,
compared to 35% who said they view the Jewish state in a negative
Declining support in China, India
The US figures constitute the highest approval rating for Israel by
Americans since the poll´s initiation, in 2005. Two more nations with
favorable attitudes towards Israel are Nigeria (54%) and Kenya (46%).
In post-revolution Egypt, 85% of respondents said they view Israel in
a negative light, a 7% rise from last year. The Jewish state´s
situation is particularly grim in Europe, with 74% of Spaniards
viewing Israel negatively. Negative attitudes were also recorded in
France (65%), Germany (69%), Britain (68%), Australia (65%) and
Support for Israel also declined in China, India and Russia.
According to the survey, the most beloved states in the world are
Japan, Germany, Canada, Britain and China. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth
Return to Top
MATERIAL REPRODUCED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY