Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Helping ourselves by helping others

Via Daniel Drezner.

Terror Free Tomorrow has a report (.pdf) on improving popular opinion in Pakistan concerning America. It is a result of our earthquake relief efforts, and shows how dynamic and oportunistic the war on terror really is:
Key Findings of the Poll:

· 73% of Pakistanis surveyed in November 2005 now believe suicide terrorist attacks are never justified, up from 46% just last May.

· Support for Osama Bin Laden has declined significantly (51% favorable in May 2005 to just 33% in November), while those who oppose him rose over the same period from 23% to 41%.

· US favorability among Pakistanis has doubled from 23% in May to more than 46% now, while the percentage of Pakistanis with very unfavorable views declined from 48% to 28%.

· For the first time since 9/11, more Pakistanis are now favorable to the United States than unfavorable.

· 78% of Pakistanis have a more favorable opinion of the United States because of the American response to the earthquake, with the strongest support among those under 35.

· 79% of those with confidence in Bin Laden now have a more favorable view of the US because of American earthquake aid.

· 81% said that earthquake relief was important for them in forming their overall opinion of the United States.

· The United States fared better in Pakistani public opinion than both other Western countries and radical Islamist groups.


Blogger zen said...

It's really amazing the amount of good that can be spread by acts of generosity and kindness. As well a tragic shame that violence stirs much more passion than compassion and charity.

Thanks for posting this.

6:51 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

You're welcome. I want an institutionalized rapid relief organization. Since the Right does not trust the UN (for good reason) perhaps it could come from NATO. I believe Blair is keen on this.

9:39 AM  

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