CAIR: POLL FINDS MISTRUST OF BUSH ABROAD
Fueled by the Iraq war and the perception that the United States acts without consulting others, anti-Americanism is on the rise across the Muslim world and much of Europe, while global confidence in President Bush has plummeted, a global poll released yesterday shows.
Confidence in Bush "continues to erode," the report states, noting that in 37 of the 47 countries surveyed, "majorities say they have little or no trust in Bush to do the right thing in world affairs."
The study, the latest in a series by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, revealed deep and mounting opposition to this country across the Muslim world. Of those surveyed, those who said they have a favorable view of the United States fell to 9 percent in Turkey, 21 percent in Egypt and 15 percent in Pakistan, all key players in US anti-terrorism strategy.
"The US image in Muslim countries is just abysmal," said Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan opinion survey organization in Washington.
Bush seemed to acknowledge as much, announcing that he would soon name a special envoy to The Organization of the Islamic Conference, a coalition of 57 majority-Muslim states, to try to improve the US image across the Islamic world.
"Our special envoy will listen to and learn from representatives from Muslim states, and will share with them America's views and values," Bush said in a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Islamic Center in Washington.
The move was welcomed by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, whose spokesman, Ibrahim Hooper, said in a statement the special envoy signals US "recognition that positive and respectful dialogue is the best way to build bridges of understanding between our nation and the Muslim world."