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Americans Love Canada, Poll Shows

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In the eyes of Americans it’s hard to be more popular than Canada. In Gallup’s annual favorability ratings, no country scored better than America’s neighbor to the north.

“A whopping 96% of Americans have a generally favorable view of Canada, while 3% view it unfavorably,” Gallup reported on its website. “The favorable rating is the highest Gallup has measured for any country in more than 20 years of asking this question.”

Rounding out the top three most favorable countries were Australia and Great Britain, with 93 and 90 percent of Americans having a high opinion of each, respectively.

Bringing up the rear were Afghanistan (14 percent), North Korea (13 percent) and Iran (10 percent).

“Iran is the least well-regarded country measure this year, with 10% of Americans viewing it favorably and 87% unfavorably.” Gallup wrote. “Americans’ favorable ratings of Iran have been consistently low since Gallup’s first measurement with this question in 1989, mostly registering around 10% but with a range from 5% (in1989) to 17% (in 2004).”

Iran may be perennially unpopular, but only China suffered a substantial decline in favorability, falling from 47 percent in 2011 to 41 percent in 2012.

While China’s favorability waned in the eyes of Americans, Cuba and Egypt saw the biggest increase year to year, each improving by seven percentage points. Cuba went from 30 to 37 percent, and Egypt climbed from 40 to 47 percent.

2012 Favorability Toward Countries:

1. Canada – 96%
2. Australia – 93%
3. Great Britain – 90%
4. Germany – 86%
5. Japan – 83%
6. France – 75%
7. India – 75%
8. Israel – 71%
9. Greece – 62%
10. Mexico – 51%
11. Russia – 50%
12. Egypt – 47%
13. Saudi Arabia – 42%
14. China – 41%
15. Cuba – 37%
16. Libya – 25%
17. Iraq – 24%
18. The Palestinian Authority – 19%
19. Syria – 17%
20. Pakistan -15%
21. Afghanistan – 14%
22. North Korea – 13%
23. Iran – 10%

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Majority Not Worried Afghan Withdrawal Will Spur Terrorist Strikes

US Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment(WASHINGTON) -- Most Americans now say that ending the U.S. military commitment in Afghanistan won't leave the nation more susceptible to a terrorist attack.

In a Gallup poll taken last week just after President Obama announced a gradual drawdown from Afghanistan beginning this summer, 55 percent of respondents claim they're not worried the country will become more vulnerable to terrorists.  That represents a significant increase from December 2009 when 43 percent said they weren't worried about an American military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, just over two-thirds of the respondents to the Gallup poll agreed with Obama's argument that money used to fight the war could be better spent to fix problems at home.

There are several reasons for the change in sentiment over keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan.  One is that many Americans feel the U.S. accomplished its goal by killing al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.  There's also a general weariness about the war after 10 years of fighting that has resulted in a basic stalemate with the Taliban.

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Gallup: Affairs in China Most 'Vitally Important' to Americans; Egypt Ranks 9th

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PRINCETON, N.J.) -- Seventy percent of Americans think what happens in China is "vitally important" to the United States, according to results released Wednesday from a Gallup survey.  China ranked highest at the top of a list of 12 countries that Gallup asked Americans to rate on this topic.  Those polled were asked to rate the countries in three categories:  "Vitally Important," Important, Not Vital" and "Not Too/Not at All Important."

Despite political protests and unrest in Egypt dominating international news coverage in recent weeks, Egypt ranked ninth on the list with only 45 percent rating the controversial country as vitally important.  Only Canada, Russia and India ranked below Egypt.

In 2007, Gallup asked Americans the same question and ranked Iraq highest (70 percent of Americans rated it most important) on the list of countries vitally important to the U.S.  Just four years later, the percentage of Americans who think events in Iraq are vitally important has fallen to 52 percent, placing the country fifth on the list.

Gallup suggests that how Americans assign importance to what is happening in China likely "underscore[s] the public's underlying concern about economic matters."

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Poll: U.S. Citizens Support Protesters in Egypt

Nearly 300 protesters gathered outside the Egyptian Embassy in Washington, D.C., to show their support for the protesters in Egypt. Photo Courtesy - ABC News(PRINCETON, N.J.) - A new Gallup poll suggests that as Americans feel increasingly negative about Egypt, a majority of Americans are still sympathetic toward the protesters there.

In Gallup's annual World Affairs Poll, 40 percent of Americans gave Egypt favorable ratings, compared to 58 percent last year.  This is the first time since the poll began in 1991 that a majority of Americans view the country negatively.

Gallup releases the results as political protesters remain in the streets of Cairo in an attempt to force a regime change there. In a separate poll, Gallup found that a majority of Americans, 82 percent, are sympathetic toward the protesters, who are looking to oust President Hosni Mubarak. Forty-two percent of those respondents say they are "very sympathetic" toward the demonstrators.

Although Americans seem to clearly side with the protesters, President Obama and the administration have made sure to tread lightly on the issue. Obama has steered clear of commenting directly on the country's opinion of the protests, but has said the U.S. supports democratic reform in Egypt.

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