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Pakistan Among Least Popular Countries

by AFP and Staff Report


India and China drop in ratings, and Germany emerges as most popular country in the world.

Pakistan is among the least popular countries in the world, narrowly beating out Iran for the bottom spot, an annual poll for the BBC World Service revealed on Thursday.

Over 26,000 people from across the world were asked to rate 16 countries on whether their global influence was “mainly positive” or “mainly negative.” Some 55 percent of those polled rated Pakistan as having a negative influence—four points less than Iran—while Germany emerged as the most popular country with 59 percent of those polled citing it as having a positive influence.

Iran and Pakistan both came in last with only 15 percent of respondents rating them as having a positive influence on the world.

Meanwhile, India and China dropped in the polls, which have been conducted annually since 2005. New Delhi came in 12th with negative views (35 percent) outnumbering positive ones (34 percent) for the first time. Beijing also dropped to its lowest positive since the polls started, scoring 42 percent positive views against 39 percent negative.

Germany displaced Japan at the top of the table, with the Asian giant’s popularity falling from 58 percent last year to 51 percent. Canada and Britain scored second and third, both with 55% positive ratings.

The positive influence ratings of the remaining countries were France (49 percent), European Union (49 percent), Brazil (46 percent), U.S. (45 percent), South Korea (36 percent), South Africa (35 percent), Russia (30 percent), Israel (21 percent), and North Korea (19 percent).

The poll was conducted for the BBC by GlobeScan and PIPA, and quizzed randomly selected people in 25 countries.

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Neelam May 24, 2013 - 11:46 pm

I am sure the questions asked must be from the Europeans mostly. Maybe you should try asking the Asians what they think..

kamransani May 25, 2013 - 12:35 pm

So funny, the western governments and their media showed a gory and dirty picture of Pakistan and people believed them. Newsweek should also do a cover story as to who/which country planted the terrorists in Pakistan and created insurgencies.

For me, Pakistan is beautiful, with intelligent and peace loving people.

We need the support of the people of the world. They should read more about Pakistan before we joined hands with USA to fight against the terrorism. And please promote Pakistan in a positive manner. We are people just like you.

And lastly, when we return to normalcy from these traumatic time come and visit us and our absolutely gorgeous hills and mountains like Nathiagali, Hunza, Gilgit, Swat, Naran, Kaghan, Skardu, Thandiani, Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. Google these names to find out how beautiful Pakistan is.







justme June 12, 2013 - 12:54 am

Per usual, all I see is a bunch of excuses and using the west as a scapegoat. Take a good look in the mirror and try to be honest and perhaps then you’ll be able to turn this around. Pakistanis (my family included) are a nation full of people in denial. The poor excuse of western media portrayal didn’t work in the 80s, 90s, 00s and doesn’t work now. Poverty, corruption, civil unrest, power outages, elements of extremists everywhere and you seriously wonder why the world sees Pakistan in such a poor light? If you truly love your country, which by your blind defence of it is very obvious, why not be honest about its shortcomings and help solve the problems? Wake up, please. The world hates you and for good reason.

umair rafique September 22, 2013 - 11:03 am

love all pakistani are pakistan


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