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General News of Wednesday, 27 June 2007

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Ghanaians want US to stay in Iraq

A survey, released Wednesday, showed that Ghana was one of four countries where a majority still supports American toops stay in Iraq.

According to the international survey, by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, support for the U.S.-led war in Iraq, the NATO military action in Afghanistan and worldwide American efforts against terrorism have dropped since 2002.

There is widespread opposition to the U.S. war in Iraq. Of the countries surveyed - which included the U.S. - more people favored the removal of American forces from Iraq in all but Israel, Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya. Views of the U.S. in much of the Muslim world remain particularly negative.

The survey also showed that some of the closest U.S. allies more and more mistrust American foreign policy and President George W. Bush, as Russia and China also face growing international wariness.
In one measure of Bush's unpopularity, the poll showed he is less trusted on foreign policy than Russian President Vladimir Putin by allies Britain, Germany and Canada, even as faith in Putin has plummeted. About half in the U.S. say they have little or no trust in either leader's conduct of foreign affairs.
Bush's sagging numbers partly reflect widespread opposition to the U.S. war in Iraq.
The poll covered 46 nations plus the Palestinian territories.
The U.S. is still seen favorably in most countries surveyed, including India, Japan, Italy, Israel and many countries in Africa. American culture and technology are widely admired, and many believe a better life can be had by moving to the U.S.
Yet wide-ranging majorities think the U.S. does not consider their interests when formulating foreign policy; worry that U.S. customs are hurting their countries; and think the U.S. contributes to the gap between rich and poor nations.
As the U.S. has waged its battle against terrorism over the past five years, its overall image has worsened. It has dropped from 75 percent favorable in Britain in 2002 to 51 percent now; from 60 percent to 30 percent in Germany; and from 64 percent to 56 percent in Mexico.