Polls: Islamic Nations Resent U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Residents of Islamic countries harbor deep resentment toward the United States and believe the military action in Afghanistan is not morally justified, Gallup polls conducted in nine countries find.

The polls were taken in nine predominantly Muslim countries — Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey in December and January.

People in those countries had widespread doubts that Arabs were involved in the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. The percentage that believed Arabs were not involved ranged from 89 percent in Kuwait, which was liberated by U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf war a decade ago, to 43 percent in Turkey, a NATO ally of the United States.

Six in 10 in Turkey felt the U.S. military action was unjustified, while nine in 10 in Indonesia felt that way.

Respondents had divergent feelings about the United States generally. Residents of Turkey were slightly more inclined to have a favorable view of the United States than unfavorable, and they were about evenly split on that question in Lebanon. About a quarter or less had a favorable view of the United States in the other seven countries.

President Bush is almost as unpopular in those countries as he is popular in his own country. One-fifth or less of the populations in most of those countries liked Bush, while the number who disliked him was as high as two-thirds in Lebanon and Morocco.

Gallup interviewed 9,924 adults in the countries. The error margins for the nine separate polls ranged from plus or minus 2 percentage points in Pakistan to plus or minus 4 percentage points in Kuwait, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

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