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Pakistanis, Greeks most opposed to Afghan war

Greece ranks second only to Pakistan in popular opposition to the American campaign in Afghanistan, according to a recent Gallup International-organized poll conducted in 62 countries that was made public yesterday. The telephone poll of 1,000 Greeks aged 15 and over that was carried out by ICAP in December found that 81 percent of respondents disagreed with the US military action. In Pakistan, the corresponding figure was 82 percent. The bombing campaign’s most fervent supporters were Americans (88 percent), Israelis (83 percent), and Albanians (83 percent). Only 7 percent of Greeks said they agreed with their country participating in the campaign – the second lowest rating in the European Union after Austria. Regarding US foreign policy, 49 percent of Greek respondents said it had a negative effect on their country, while 14 percent said it had helped Greece. And 55 percent of Greeks asked said they feared the war could degenerate into an all-out war against Islam – a view shared by the Irish.