Australians are favourites in US eyes

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In a Gallup Poll taken in early February, 88 per cent of Americans were favourable towards Australia – who was a near ally during the war in Iraq.

The British, America’s best friends in Europe, tied for second with the Canadians – who opposed the war.

But they are suspicious about the French, they like Iraqis a bit more now Saddam Hussein has gone and they can’t stand the North Koreans.

The annual poll asked 1002 respondents their opinion of 22 countries selected because they are topical and represent all regions.

People answered either very favourable, mostly favourable, mostly unfavorable, very unfavourable or do not care.