International poll finds U.S. foreign policy under Bush threatens world peace |

International poll finds U.S. foreign policy under Bush threatens world peace

TORONTO – A majority of people in Canada, Britain and Mexico think President Bush and his foreign policy pose a threat to world peace and worry the U.S. will invade Iran or North Korea within two years, according to polling released Friday.The polls by the Ottawa-based EKOS Research also found that the respondents in Canada, Britain, Mexico and Israel believe Osama bin Laden poses the gravest danger to the world of five national or militant group leaders included in the poll, followed by North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, then Bush, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah.Mexicans ranked Bush the second most dangerous of the five men, behind the al-Qaida leader.Conversely, only 9 percent of the Israeli respondents found that Bush represented a danger to the world, while Iran’s leader drew 81 percent of those polled in Israel.The poll found 69 percent of Britons, 62 percent of Canadians, 57 percent of Mexicans and 36 percent of those polled in Israel believe Bush’s foreign policy has made the world less safe.Recent polls conducted in the United States indicate a majority of Americans believe the war in Iraq is not going well.”As we approach next week’s midterm elections in the United States, the polls show pretty clearly that many Americans are dissatisfied with the Bush foreign policy, particularly in Iraq,” said EKOS president Frank Graves. “Now we have a clear confirmation that Bush’s policies are even more unpopular abroad among the citizens of countries with very close ties to the United States.”The polling also found that 89 percent of those polled in Mexico, 73 percent in Canada, 71 percent in Britain and 34 percent of respondents in Israel now believe the U.S. decision to invade Iraq was not justified.The poll also found that 68 percent of Mexican respondents, 60 percent of Israelis and 57 percent of Canadians believe the United States will “intervene militarily” in Iran or North Korea in an effort to block the development of nuclear weapons. British respondents were not asked the question.The polls were asked of 1,000 residents in each of the four countries at the end of October. Results are considered accurate within 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.—–EKOS Research:

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