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NYT/CBS News poll: 60% say Bush not respected by foreign leaders

Published: Wednesday July 26, 2006

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According to a CBS News/New York Times poll, sixty percent of Americans say that President Bush isn't respected by foreign leaders, RAW STORY has found.

"The poll finds Americans are pessimistic about the prospects for Mideast peace and do not think the United States should involve itself in the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah," reports CBS News.

"More than 60 percent think the conflict will lead to a larger war in the region, and a similar number doubt Israel and the Arab states will ever be able to live in peace," CBS continues.

"Just 32 percent said U.S. troops should be sent to the Mideast as part of a United Nations peacekeeping force, although 60 percent favor such a force," CBS reports.

Excerpts from Thursday's Times article:


Over all, the poll found a strong isolationist streak in a nation clearly rattled by more than four years of war, underscoring the challenge for Mr. Bush as he tries to maintain public support for his effort to stabilize Iraq and spread democracy through the Middle East.

The concerns expressed by respondents to the poll over the direction of foreign policy also highlight some of the pitfalls facing Republicans as they head toward November with national security front and center.

A majority of poll respondents, 56 percent, said they supported a timetable for a reduction in United States forces there -- an issue over which the two parties have been sparring, with the White House and most Republicans in Congress taking the position that setting a timetable would send the wrong message. More than half of those poll respondents said they supported a withdrawal even if it meant Iraq would fall into the hands of insurgents.

Americans support the idea of deploying an international peacekeeping force to the border between Israel and Lebanon to calm tensions there, the poll found, but most do not want United States troops to be a part of it.