Washington (CNN) - Americans' views of Great Britain have taken a hit in the wake of the massive BP-caused oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a new national poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday indicates that 28 percent of the public holds a "very favorable" view of Great Britain, down 12 points from last year.
That doesn't mean that Americans dislike Britain - only 13 percent feel that way, up a bit since 2009. Most of the change comes from Americans moving from the "very favorable" category to a "mostly favorable" view.
"Although the company is no longer named 'British Petroleum,' the occasional use of that name - and the British accent of embattled BP chief Tony Hayward - have likely left a lingering impression in the minds of many Americans," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
The environmental disaster was sparked by the April 20 explosion and collapse of the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon oil rig.
"It's unclear how long it will be before Britain's numbers return to pre-oil spill levels, but there might be a clue in the pattern of U.S. opinions about France in the wake of that country's opposition to the Iraq war," adds Holland. "In 2003, when Americans were calling French fries 'freedom fries,' a majority of the public had an unfavorable view of France, and it was not until 2005 that France's favorable rating climbed back over 50 percent."
The survey also tested U.S. attitudes toward other countries as well. Americans continue to prefer India over Pakistan, with India's favorable rating among the U.S. public nearly three times higher than Pakistan's figure. Two-thirds of Americans have a favorable view of Israel, virtually unchanged since last year despite the violent reaction by Israel last month to a flotilla of boats attempting to reach Gaza.
Opinion of Mexico has changed, with a majority of Americans now holding an unfavorable view of our neighbor to the south. But negative views of Mexico pale in comparison to Iran and North Korea, which are disliked by more than eight in ten Americans.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted Wednesday, June 16, with 534 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report