France is more unpopular among Americans than at any time in the past decade, according to a new Gallup poll.
Amid France’s resistance toward U.S. policy on Iraq, unfavorable opinions of the European nation have jumped 17 points in the past year while favorable opinions have dropped 20 points.
American attitudes toward Germany, another European power unwilling to support the U.S. on Iraq, also have become more negative, according to the annual Gallup Poll Social Series Update on World Affairs, conducted Feb. 3-6.
Gallup said the survey respondents were asked to rate each country using a 4-point scale – very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable. Its analysis was based primarily on a “net favorable” rating that subtracts the percentage of Americans rating a country unfavorably from the percentage rating it favorably.
Great Britain ranked at the top of the list of 26 nations with a +83 percent favorable rating, while Iraq rounded off the bottom with a -85 percent score.
Two other nations identified by President George W. Bush as comprising the “axis of evil” joined Iraq at bottom of the list, Iran and North Korea.