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Canada and Japan lead the world when it comes to international image - with Israel, Iran and the United States in the basement of world opinion, according to a poll released today.
The survey for the British Broadcasting Corp.'s World Service asked more than 28,000 people to rate 12 countries - Britain, Canada, China, France, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, North Korea, Russia, the United States and Venezuela - as having a positive or negative influence on the world.
Israel was viewed negatively by 56% of respondents and positively by 17%; for Iran, the figures were 54% and 18%. The United States had the third-highest negative ranking, with 51% citing it as a bad influence and 30% as a good one. Next was North Korea, which was viewed negatively by 48% and positively by 19%.