Monday, February 16, 2009

Blight Unto the Nations

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


Anonymous said...

It really is an outrage that the population's view is not represented by the coverage in the mainstream media, or by our Government's voting position at the UN. What, one wonders, could be driving this disconnect?

MERC said...

Good question. Apart from the direct interventions of the Israel lobby, where do our pollies get their ideas on Palestine/Israel? To what extent are they absorbed uncritically from Zionist advocates in the ms media like Sheridan, I wonder? Perish the thought! It's certainly worthy of a thesis.

Anonymous said...

well spotted Anon.,but it is not just polies with this disconnect.Look at those with a vested interest,out there crackpot christians and of course large slabs of the media. Look at the banner of this website.The population does not need to be educated,they watch Israels outrages on a regular basis on T.V.Congratulations to the Australian population INSTINCT trumps media spin.