September 19, 2007

Pakistanis Confidence in Osama Bin Laden

38%

That’s the proportion of Pakistanis who say they have a lot or some confidence in Al Queda leader Osama bin Laden to do the right thing in world affairs — still disturbingly high, but a substantial decline from the 51% who said so just two years ago.

Despite concern that Pakistan remains a safe base of operations for Al Queda, support for Osama bin Laden among Pakistanis, while still disturbingly high, has fallen from 51% in 2005, to 38% in the most recent Pew Global Attitudes survey. But rising resistance to terrorism has not translated into support for the United States or its war on terror. Fewer than one-in-five Pakistanis (15%) have a positive view of the U.S. — only Palestinians (13%) and Turks (9%) are less favorably disposed. Attitudes toward the U.S. have been consistently negative for years in Pakistan, although America’s unfavorable rating peaked in 2003, shortly after the launch of the Iraq war. And views actually grew a bit more positive in 2006, following U.S. aid to victims of Pakistan’s devastating October 2005 earthquake. This year, however, opinions of the U.S. have again grown more negative. Read More