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IRAN: Ahmadinejad says his country is respected; polls say the world doesn't agree

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad likes to describe his government as a popular and respected player in world affairs.

But recent polls indicate that Iran’s stature around the globe is not as high as its leader claims, even in parts of the Muslim world.

In an interview on Dec. 1, Ahmadinejad said that "world public opinion supports the Iranian nation and has turned against the West,” according to Alalam News.

While on the campaign trail during presidential elections in June, Ahmadinejad argued that Iran was one of “the most respected nations in the world.”

But a series of recent global polls don't entirely square up with the claims made by Ahmadinejad.

In fact, a new report based on polls issued by World Public Opinion -- a collaborative research project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland -- suggests that Iran is among the world’s most negatively viewed countries.

For example, a joint poll conducted in February by the BBC, the global polling firm GlobeScan and PIPA found that most people in 15 out of 21 countries polled perceived Iran as having mostly a negative influence in world affairs.

The only country in the poll that leaned toward a positive view of Iran's influence in the world was India, 24% positive compared with 17% negative.

Similar data emerged last spring in a poll conducted by Pew Global Attitudes in 25 nations  Except for Pakistan and Indonesia, majorities in the countries polled had an unfavorable view of Iran.

Ahmadinejad himself did not enjoy high public ratings in the polls, especially when it comes to foreign policy.

When World Public Opinion conducted a survey on Ahmadinejad and his policies before Iran’s presidential elections, respondents in 14 out of 20 countries, with the U.S., Germany and France in the lead, said they had low confidence that Ahmadinejad would “do the right thing regarding world affairs.” Only 28% said they had confidence in him.

Although the Iranian president tends to enjoy higher ratings in some countries with large Muslim populations, such as Pakistan (75%), the Palestinian territories (57%) and Nigeria (50%), other Muslim nations give him lower grades. In Egypt and Turkey, for example, Ahmadinejad received 39% and 33% approval ratings, respectively.

Aside from his foreign policy, people did not seem convinced about Ahmadinejad’s claims that Iran is not seeking to develop nuclear weapons.

In 2006, the BBC along with GlobeScan and PIPA surveyed 25 countries around the world about Iran’s controversial nuclear program.

When asked whether Iran is producing nuclear fuel only for energy purposes or also to develop nuclear weapons, 60% of the respondents in the poll said they believed Iran sought to develop nuclear weapons while only 17% said they believed it was using nuclear fuel strictly for the country’s energy needs. Majorities in each of the 25 countries where the poll was conducted said they would be concerned “if Iran were to develop nuclear weapons.”

-- Alexandra Sandels in Beirut

Photo: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

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Listen you have No workable plans whatsoever to rid that country or any other of nuclear weapons, now or at any time in the future. Anyone with a brain can see that. To get attention you have to tell the Truth. And no I've never in my life been part of any of these "polls" either, and I'm quite certain I never will be. The very word poll is what no longer deserves any respect perhaps.
C'mon guys.. Don't make me start saying "hail Ahmadinejad", because I'm considering it. Some guys are just like that food critic in rattatoulie, and some guys are just like the chef.

Iran's number one enemy Max Sahba, is Iran.

what is the opinion of the world people about Israel nuclear?
apart from ahmadinejad ideas, what evidences shows that iran has strike any country within recent 200 years???

I find it very interesting that Jews continue to talk about Hitler and the holocaust and put holocaust museums around the country , Spielberg re-released Schindler's List when Mel Gibson releases Passion of the Christ to remind us that history should not be repeated. I cannot believe that this Hilter of Iran who calls Isreal little Satan & the United States "The Great Satan" has this much media access to spew his propaganda of hate, and no rightous indignation from the predominantly Jewish media and entertainment industry from the left. Why? Holocaust 65 yrs ago, This Ahmadinejad guy wants Isreal wiped out today.

Iran probably IS respected by the people of Iraq and Afghanistan, because it is self-ruled, even if by a dictator, and is not (so far) a victim of suicide bombings or foreign military occupation.


Peaceful? In what way is Islam peaceful? By controlling and killing women? By beheading young men? By conquering by sword? By denying girls the right to be educated? By murdering innocent "infidels" in the name of their 'religion'? Are you people blind? This is NOT a peaceful religion. It's not even a religion! It's a brainwashing, freedom-robbing, submit-or-die, loveless cult. I have never understood the interest in a 'religion' that offers no peace, or forgiveness, or grace, or loving correction or true eternal life. What's the appeal to people? WHY would anyone want to be a part of something like this? I feel bad for anyone who finds themselves caught up in political unrest but it appears these young men have chosen on their own to particiate in terrorist activities...if they are truly American citizens, and are truly engaging in anti-American schemes, they should be brought back here to stand trial for treason.

Turkish PM recently said; "The mosques are our barracks, the domes are our helmets and the minarets are our bayonets" it any wonder that civilised people everywhere worry about the advance of Islam.

Islam is not a tolerant religion and does not respect the rights of Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Atheists or even gays in Muslim or Western lands. Since the failed policy of multiculturalism has been forced down our throats we have seen that diverse cultures can not co-exist together, they clash.

Muslims are still allowed to build mosques in Switzerland but minarets are out. I applaud the Swiss for having the guts to have 'citizens initiated referenda ' in their Constitution. This gives citizens the mechanism to challenge the Govts. position on many issues. Power to the people.

The Maldives is about to pass a UN written Constitution which states that all citizens of the Maldives must be muslim. Isn't this racist and also discriminatory? It is typical of the muslims and also the UN to point the finger at others while neglecting the plight of the real victims.

Saudi Arabia bans churches and synagogues and does not allow the reading of ther Bible. Many Filippinos have been murdered for holding a pray or Bible study in the Saudi Kingdom. Where are the crys from the UN?

I am not at all surpried, with the daily attacks and lies about Iran through the western media which is bought and paid for by Iran's number one enemy Israel, it is expected to be suspecious of Iran's intentions.

Ahmadinejad seems to be having another wet dream. He and his gang are not respected inside or outside Iran. For the past 5 years he has endangered the lives of 70 million Iranians.

Iranian people will eventually get rid of these pests if the west does not interfere.

When analyzing polls, charts of the actual information are essential. your excerpts of the information are always suspect if you don't back it up with at least some of the poll data.

Exactly who does AquaVelvetJihad think respects him?


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