Public opinion on the U.S. hits a low point

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 26,2013 (Maha Kamal / UPI Next) — Pakistanis’ perception of the United States has fallen to a new low, placing Pakistan at the top of the list of countries with unfavorable views of the United States, a survey released by the Pew Research Center indicates.

The United States was viewed positively by only 11 percent of 1,201 adults interviewed in Pakistan.

The latest findings, released last month, mark a decline in the U.S. image in Pakistan. Last year, 12 percent of respondents had a favorable opinion of the United States, while in 2000, 23 percent of Pakistanis surveyed had a positive perception, the Washington research organization said.

Farahnaz Ispahani, a former member of the National Assembly from the moderate Pakistan People’s Party, said negative views of the United States among Pakistanis were shaped by the political leadership, the media, the clergy and school curricula.

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