The most recent BBC World Service Poll, conducted jointly by international polling firm GlobeScan and the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of Maryland, makes interesting reading. The poll, conducted across 21 countries, including Australia, Egypt (the only Arab country polled), Turkey and Indonesia (the only 2 non- Arab Muslim countries polled), asked over 13, 500 people their views of the influence in the world of a further 21 nations, including Israel.
Nineteen of the 21 nations polled had a negative view of Israel's influence, with 67% of Australians giving it the thumbs down compared with 60% of Indonesians, 70% of Turks, and 87% of Egyptians. The polling was completed before Israel's recent rampage in Gaza. The results can be viewed at www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa