Spaniards lose sympathy for US, poll finds

15th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

15 October 2004, MADRID – Spaniards believe George Bush has squandered a sympathy around the world towards America since September 11, according to a major poll published Friday.

15 October 2004

MADRID – Spaniards believe George Bush has squandered a sympathy around the world towards America since September 11, according to a major poll published Friday.

The poll carried out in ten countries by major newspapers found hostility to the Bush administration was growing, but not towards Americans.

The poll was carried out by Spain's left-leaning daily El Pais with newspapers in each of the other countries.

According to the survey, voters in Spain and seven other countries want to see the Democrat challenger, John Kerry, defeat President Bush in next month's US presidential election.

The poll, conducted by papers including France's Le Monde, Japan's Asahi Shimbun, Canada's La Presse, the Sydney Morning Herald and Britain's The Guardian, also shows world opinion does not believe that the war in Iraq has made a positive contribution to the fight against terror.

The results show that in Spain, Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Japan and South Korea a majority of voters share a rejection of the Iraq invasion, contempt for the Bush administration, a growing hostility to the US.

They also show an endorsement of Kerry.

But those questioned all make a clear distinction between this kind of anti-Americanism and expressing a dislike of American people.

On average 68 percent of those polled say they have a favourable opinion of Americans.

The 10-country poll suggests that rarely has an American administration faced such isolation and lack of public support amongst its closest allies.

The only exceptions to this trend are the Israelis - who back Bush 2-1 over Kerry, and the Russians who, despite their traditional anti-Americanism, recorded unexpectedly favourable attitudes towards the US in the survey conducted in the immediate aftermath of the Beslan tragedy.

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