BBC: View of USs global role worse

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The number of those who said the US was a positive influence in the world fell in 18 nations polled in previous years.

In those countries, 29% of people said the US had a positive influence, down from 36% last year and 40% two years ago.

Across the 25 countries polled, 49% of respondents said the US played a mainly negative role in the world.

Great Britain: A majority (57%) continues to see US influence in the world as mainly negative, while just 33 percent sees US influence as mainly positive—down slightly from 36 percent in 2006. Britons have significantly negative views of US handling of foreign policy issues, with an overwhelming majority disapproving of US actions on the war on Iraq (81%), as well as its treatment of detainees at Guantanamo and other prisons (76%), the Israel-Hezbollah war in Lebanon (70%), and Iran’s nuclear program (64%). Issues receiving lower levels of disapproval are
the US approach to global warming (79%) and the handling of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program (55%). More than 7 in 10 Britons (72%) sees the US military presence in the Middle East as “provoking more conflict than it prevents;” just 14 percent believe that the US is a “stabilizing force” in the region.

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