BBC Poll: Israel’s global image plummets

Israel ranks among states perceived to have most negative influence on world, according to BBC poll; only Iran, Pakistan do worse, Israel’s image hits nadir in Europe


Israel is ranked third among nations perceived as having a negative influence on the world, the BBC’s annual poll shows, indicating further decline in the Jewish state’s global image.

Only Iran and Pakistan did worse than Israel in the survey.

The poll, undertaken between December 2011 and February 2012, encompassed 24,090 respondents worldwide. Iran took the unflattering top spot, again, with 55% of respondents saying is has a negative influence on the world. Pakistan ranked second (51%), with Israel and North Korea tied for third place (50%).

Last year, 47% of poll respondents said Israel had a negative effect on the world.

According to the latest survey, only 21% of respondents view Israel’s influence as mostly positive, the same figure as last year. A favorable change in the West was only recorded in the United States, with 50% of Americans saying they view Israel in a positive light, compared to 35% who said they view the Jewish state in a negative light.

Declining support in China, India

The US figures constitute the highest approval rating for Israel by Americans since the poll’s initiation, in 2005. Two more nations with favorable attitudes towards Israel are Nigeria (54%) and Kenya (46%).

In post-revolution Egypt, 85% of respondents said they view Israel in a negative light, a 7% rise from last year. The Jewish state’s situation is particularly grim in Europe, with 74% of Spaniards viewing Israel negatively. Negative attitudes were also recorded in France (65%), Germany (69%), Britain (68%), Australia (65%) and Canada (59%).

Support for Israel also declined in China, India and Russia.

According to the survey, the most beloved states in the world are Japan, Germany, Canada, Britain and China.

  1. #1 by Mahmoud El-Yousseph on 05/17/2012 - 9:34

    This comes as no surpirse. Hey, for better or worse, at least Iran get to beat IsraHell reocords!

  2. #2 by Ingrid B on 05/17/2012 - 9:34

    “The Jewish state’s situation is particularly grim in Europe” : Jewish state? when was that decided? Oh! of course, this is a poll by the pro-Zionist BBC.. wonder what sort of people were polled? probably BBC employees..

  3. #3 by galwayspaniard on 05/17/2012 - 9:34

    extremely interesting

    how much of world knows that they formulated the plans and pushed the go ahead for the invasion of Iraq in 2003

    if Israel worked for good intentions it would be one thing, but their intenntion is to extend their territotries, their living spaces
    but i hear it is a bitch living in israel-expensive, litiginous

  4. #4 by SazzyLilSmartAzz on 05/17/2012 - 9:34

    If more people knew the truth – Israel would rank first!

  5. #5 by sam.r on 05/17/2012 - 9:34

    Went to toe BBC website and israhell is just not mentioned . How could that be ?

  6. #6 by Historian on 05/17/2012 - 9:34

    The fact that living in Israel is expensive to the point that people there are protesting high costs makes their behavior 10,000 times worse.

    Think about it. Israel KILLS and makes life HELL for everyone, just so they can make life difficult for themselves, look like bastards, be hated by all…

    It would be really nice to deport all of them to Israel, expat the Palestinians, and sanction the life out of the Jews while the media tells the world about how terrible they are and to be racist against them. Extra security against Jews sounds reasonable as well

  7. #7 by Gary on 05/17/2012 - 9:34

    Well what the hell has the israeli internet defense taskforce been doing all this time? Aren’t they supposed to deal with this? Oy veh,how could this be?

  8. #8 by SazzyLilSmartAzz on 05/17/2012 - 9:34

    Farewell Israel?

    Published on May 16, 2012 by RussiaToday

    Norman Finkelstein’s new book on the American Jewish community has been both widely praised and criticized by influential writers. So is the American-Jewish romance with Israel coming to an end? Are the American Jews known for their liberal views distancing themselves from Israel? Or is it simply an overstatement? Do they support the current Israeli policies? Does the Israeli lobby represent their views? And do they have a strong connection to the Holy Land?

  9. #9 by Husain Shakir on 05/18/2012 - 9:34

    I can understand Iran ranking first with all the western press demonising them incessantly but with all the lopsided pro-Israeli press they have built up, they still rank third….the faucet is no longer just leaking, the pipe has burst.

  10. #10 by Mahmoud El-Yousseph on 05/18/2012 - 9:34

    @ Ingrid, BBC is worst than the Washington Post and the New York Times when it comes to the Middle East. BBC is clearly bias and one sided in its coverage. Here is a message posted on friend of mine face book page few days ago.

    @SazzyLilSmartAzz , yes IsraHell would have ranked first had the BBC and other Jewish Western owned and controlled media outlets reported the news fairly and objectively.

    @ sam.r, to answer your question, IsraHell more than likely raised hell about the story. So, BBC took the news item down. Plain and simple.

  11. #11 by Mahmoud El-Yousseph on 05/18/2012 - 9:34

    One more time, here is the text of my friend message from London on BBC biased coverage:

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