donderdag 17 mei 2012

Internationale enquete plaatst Israel op derde plaats in wereldopinie

 

In een rondvraag onder bijna 25.000 mensen uit 22 landen wordt Iran het meest negatief beoordeeld, direct gevolgd door Pakistan. Israel en Noord-Korea delen samen de derde plaats. Ik herinner me een enquete uit 2004 waarin Israel als de grootste bedreiging voor de wereldvrede werd beschouwd door Europese ondervraagden, voor Iran nog, dus in dat opzicht is dit wellicht een verbetering. Ten opzichte van vorig jaar is Israel er echter op achteruit gegaan. De vraag is hoeveel invloed de specifieke maatregelen van de regering hierop hebben, en in hoeverre dit een gevolg is van de Arabische campagne tegen Israel, Europese schuldgevoelens en de kop opstekend (en in feite nooit echt verdwenen) antisemitisme.

 

Israel moet zich hier zeker zorgen om maken, al is haar invloed op deze beeldvorming zeer beperkt. Dan maar niet aanvallen wanneer een aanslag op handen is en men de daders in het vizier heeft? Nee natuurlijk. De buitenposten opruimen en daarmee in de eerste plaats de eigen wet naleven kan geen kwaad. Deze poll zegt echter vooral veel over andere landen, en hun acceptatie van een Joodse staat die soms stomme fouten maakt, domme beslissingen neemt en egoistisch handelt maar ook altijd snel ter plekke is bij rampen, jaarlijks duizenden Palestijnen in haar ziekenhuizen behandelt en relatief de meeste nobelprijswinnaars voortbrengt.

 

RP

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BBC Poll: Israel's global image plummets

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4230395,00.html

Israel ranks among states perceived to have most negative influence on world, according to BBC poll; only Iran, Pakistan do worse, Israel's image hits nadir in Europe

Ynet

Published: 

05.17.12, 01:21

Israel is ranked third among nations perceived as having a negative influence on the world, the BBC's annual poll shows, indicating further decline in the Jewish state's global image.

 

Only Iran and Pakistan did worse than Israel in the survey.

 

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The poll, undertaken between December 2011 and February 2012, encompassed 24,090 respondents worldwide. Iran took the unflattering top spot, again, with 55% of respondents saying is has a negative influence on the world. Pakistan ranked second (51%), with Israel and North Korea tied for third place (50%).

 

Last year, 47% of poll respondents said Israel had a negative effect on the world.

 

According to the latest survey, only 21% of respondents view Israel's influence as mostly positive, the same figure as last year. A favorable change in the West was only recorded in the United States, with 50% of Americans saying they view Israel in a positive light, compared to 35% who said they view the Jewish state in a negative light.

 

Declining support in China, India

The US figures constitute the highest approval rating for Israel by Americans since the poll's initiation, in 2005. Two more nations with favorable attitudes towards Israel are Nigeria (54%) and Kenya (46%).

In post-revolution Egypt, 85% of respondents said they view Israel in a negative light, a 7% rise from last year. The Jewish state's situation is particularly grim in Europe, with 74% of Spaniards viewing Israel negatively. Negative attitudes were also recorded in France (65%), Germany (69%), Britain (68%), Australia (65%) and Canada (59%).

 

Support for Israel also declined in China, India and Russia.

 

According to the survey, the most beloved states in the world are Japan, Germany, Canada, Britain and China.

 

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Poll: Israel viewed negatively around the world

http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=270291

By JPOST.COM STAFF

05/17/2012 02:46

BBC poll measures public opinion on 22 countries, places Israel in company of North Korea, ahead of only Iran, Pakistan.

Israel retained its position as one of the world's most negatively-viewed countries, according to BBC's annual poll published Wednesday night. 

With 50 percent of respondents ranking Israel negatively, Israel keeps company with North Korea, and places ahead of only Iran (55% negative) and Pakistan (51% negative).



The 2012 Country Ratings Poll was conducted among 24,090 people worldwide, and asked respondents to rate whether the influence of 22 countries was “mostly positive” or “mostly negative.”

Evaluations of the Jewish state, already largely unfavorable in 2011, have worsened in 2012. Out of the 22 countries polled, the majority in 17 of them view Israel negatively, while only three (the US, Nigeria and Kenya) view Israel positively. In Kenya, negative ratings of Israel fell by 10 points to 31%, while the country experienced an even larger increase in positive ratings of Israel, rising 16 points to 45%.

Negative perceptions of Israel in EU countries have continue to rise, reaching 74% in Spain (up 8%), 65% in France (up 9%), while in Germany and Britain the negative views remain high but stable (69% and 68% respectively). In other Anglo countries, perceptions of Israel are worsening, including in Australia (65%), and Canada (59%).

Among Muslim countries, perceptions of Israel have continued to deteriorate. Of particular concern for Israel is the country sitting on its southern neighbor, Egypt, where 85% of the population views Israel negatively, up 7% since 2011. 

In Asian countries, public opinion on Israel is growing increasingly antagonistic. In China, just 23% of those surveyed view Israel positively compared with 45% negatively. In India, overall opinion has shifter from being divided in 2011 to leaning negatively. In South Korea, negative views of Israel rose a full 15% (to 69%), while positive views decreased 11% (to 20%)

The saving grace for Israel is United States, where the proportion of people viewing Israel negatively has decreased six points to 35% since 2011. This statistic marks the most positive views on Israel expressed in the US since tracking began in 2005.

People viewing Israel negatively around the world cite the Jewish state's foreign policy as the main factor influencing their perception, while those who view Israel positively cite culture and Jewish traditions.

 

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