Monday, March 05, 2007

A negative image?

BBC News - Israel, Iran top 'negative list'
A majority of people believe that Israel and Iran have a mainly negative influence in the world, a poll for the BBC World Service suggests.

It shows that the two countries are closely followed by the United States and North Korea.

The poll asked 28,000 in 27 countries to rate a dozen countries plus the European Union in terms of whether they have a positive or negative influence.

Canada, Japan and the EU are viewed most positively in the survey.
I guess it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. The countries that rank most negative are the one that have been "starting things". It hardly seems like a scientific poll, however. I wonder what all countries were included in this list. I presume there were only 13 (a dozen + the EU). Was Lebannon included? What about Sudan? I think the article would have been better if it had included the entire list, and I'm sure the survey would have been better if it had included more choices.

Update: I see they have updated their graphics to include a complete list of the countries used in the survey. And as suspected, neither Lebanon nor Sudan were included.

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