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Pew: U.S. dislike at highest level ever

May 17, 2006 at 1:20 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) -- A global survey by the Pew Research Center in Washington found more than 70 percent around the world think the U.S. superpower needs a rival.

The Pew study surveyed more than 91,000 people in 50 countries and is included in a book titled "America Against the World."

It found individualistic traits, such as U.S. military operations, have turned off the rest of the world that considered the United States to be the light of democracy in the past.

Suicide attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq are OK according to half of Lebanese, Jordanians and Moroccans polled.

The survey found anti-American sentiment is at its highest level ever - even higher than in 1983 when a Newsweek survey found about 25 percent of French, Japanese and German citizens were supportive of U.S. policies.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright wrote in the forward of the book that the United States needs to reflect and change before anti-U.S. feelings will ebb.

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