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U.S. residents unhappy with world status

Feb. 22, 2006 at 9:16PM

A new Gallup survey says a majority of U.S. residents are dissatisfied with the United States’ position in the world.
Two-thirds believe that President George W. Bush is not respected by his fellow world leaders, although a majority still have at least a fair amount of confidence in the United States’ ability to handle international problems.

Before Sept. 11, 2001, most Americans believed the United States was viewed favorably in the eyes of the world. Between February 2002 and February 2003, Americans’ perception of how the world sees the United States became much less positive. The percentage saying the United States is viewed favorably dropped from 79 percent to 57 percent over this period.

Gallup said 59 percent of those surveyed say they have either a great deal or fair amount of confidence in the federal government when it comes to handling international problems. However, confidence is low relative to recent readings on this measure.