Americans Rank Israel No. 5 in Favored Nations

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JERUSALEM, Israel - In Gallup's annual World Affairs poll released on Friday, Americans ranked Israel its fifth most favorably viewed country.

Canada retained its first place position, while Iran remained the least favored country by Americans.

A whopping 90 percent of respondents placed Canada at the top of the 20 nations in the survey, while only 10 percent viewed the Islamic Republic favorably.

North Korea finished next to last, with 14 percent.

Despite problems with the drug war and immigration, nearly half of Americans - 49 percent - still view Mexico favorably.

According to Gallup's annual survey, Americans have positive views of Britain (87 percent), Germany (80 percent), Japan (77 percent), Israel (67 percent), India (66 percent), France (63 percent) and Egypt (58 percent).

Nations ranking at the bottom of the list include the following:

  • Afghanistan (18 percent)
  • Yemen (21 percent, included for the first time)
  • Iraq (23 percent)
  • Pakistan (23 percent)
  • Cuba (29 percent)
  • Saudi Arabia (35 percent)

China, like Mexico, got mixed reviews, 42 percent favorable and 53 percent unfavorable.  

Russia, which dropped to 40 percent last year following its war against Georgia, moved up to 47 percent in this year's poll.

The survey, based on a random sampling of 1,025 adults interviewed by phone, has a 4 percent margin of error.

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