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Video: Bush takes lead as person 'most disliked' by Arabs
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Published: Thursday February 8, 2007
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An annual poll of six Arab countries puts President George W. Bush at the top of the world's 'most disliked' for the first time in the history of the poll, CNN International reported today.

According to the poll's author, Shibley Telhami, past results have always placed the Prime Minister of Israel as the most disliked among Arabs. "In the past few years, the President of the United States has become number two. In the most recent survey, the striking thing is for the very first time in the Arab world the most disliked person is the President of the United States of America, and superceded the combined numbers for both the Prime Minister of Israel and his hated predecessor Ariel Sharon, who's in a coma," said Telhami.

The poll, which did not give those polled choices for the most liked and disliked, allowed people to suggest any person outside of their own country. In past years, France's Chirac was chosen as the most liked person. This year, Arabs selected Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, because of the "black eye" given to Israel after they withdrew from their attack on Lebanon, according to the report.

Full details of the annual Arab opinion poll are expected to be released today.