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A new poll shows Americans’ view of the United Nations in the last year has taken a significant nosedive.

Just 38 percent of likely voters have a favorable opinion of the U.N., while 44 percent have an unfavorable view, according to a poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports.

Feelings about the U.N. are considerably more negative from a year ago. Leading up to the Iraq war, 48 percent of Americans had a favorable opinion of the body, with just 31 percent holding an unfavorable view.

Those describing themselves as liberal voters had the highest opinion of the U.N., with 60 percent giving the agency thumbs-up. Just 20 percent of conservatives had a positive view, while nearly two-thirds, 62 percent, frowned on the global body.

Two-thirds of those who say they’ll vote for President Bush in November have a negative impression of the U.N., whereas 59 percent of Kerry supporters view it positively.

The telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports April 25-26. The margin of sampling error for the full sample is plus-or-minus 3 percentage points, with a 95 percent level of confidence.

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