CNN Poll: U.S. not too fond of Pakistan
May 27th, 2011
01:00 PM ET
3 years ago

CNN Poll: U.S. not too fond of Pakistan

(CNN) – Pakistan has appeared in the news consistently since the United States captured al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, and a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows Americans have an unfavorable opinion of the Middle East country.

One in four surveyed consider the country an enemy of the U.S., and seven in ten think aid from the U.S. to Pakistan should stop or decrease.

But the new figures released on the same day Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in the country, show animosity toward Pakistan is nothing new. Last summer, 78 percent of Americans surveyed had an unfavorable view of the country, a figure that has only risen by three points since then. Twenty four percent believe Pakistan is an enemy of the U.S. and another 47 percent say Pakistan is unfriendly to America.

Fewer than three in ten Americans believe Pakistan is an ally or friend to the U.S., with more than four in ten saying aid to the country should stop completely and 27 percent saying it should decrease.

The poll surveyed 1,007 Americans by telephone May 24 through May 26 and had a sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.


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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. gt

    we have lost and have wounded americans fight in afganistand and they let the taliban hide in there own back yard... yea we dont like them one litttle bit...get our troops home...no more wasted lives... one more wasted money... osama is dead..

    May 27, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Steve, New York City

    My guess is that the top brass in Pakistan are cooperating with the United States, but that the Talilban and others have infiltrated the country's intelligence units.
    Of course, Pakistani's might have just as many reasons to be suspicious of us, ranging from their civilians getting killed in US drone strikes to (what they see) as our extremely one-sided policy on Israel, and our growing interaction with rival India. Which side has the best jusitification for the mutual mistrust? A shame that relations boil down to this.

    May 27, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. Rickster

    We should not be giving foreign aid to a single muslim country until 1) they clean up their house and 2) they lower the price of oil(by breaking up OPEC if need be).

    May 27, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    I for one would like to thank Pakistan for introducing the world to chickpea muffins. Delicious!. So, I cast my vote for approving of their many unique contribution to the culinary world. They have also made some interesting contributions to the political world. They have served up some pretty hot and spicy dishes over the years. I think the better we know countries with nuclear weapons, the safer we will be. Cutting them off would not be a smart move over the long term.

    May 27, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Me

    "Not too fond" is an understatement. I want to invade pakistan, TAKE THEIR NUKES, leave COMPLETELY and the last step is to cut all funding they get from the USA.
    If I was simply "not too fond" of Pakistan I'd take them off my facebook and stop calling them. We have gone beyond "not too fond" land into "I want to slap you to sleep" territory.

    May 27, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. beevee

    It is high time that the administration have a frank and serious talk with the Pakistani government why they (pakistani govt.) is not giving their 100% in fighting the islamic terrorists and giving them sanctuary in their country. They only seem to be serious in their effrots to go after the terrorists when the US govt. questions thier sincerity and threatens to cutoff financial support. I beleive that senior officials in pakistani ISI are protecting the terrorists because of the feeling of muslim brotherhood. We need to stop this nonsense and stop giving them aid, part of which may be going to the terrorists to buy arms and fight against the US military in Pakistan and Afghanistan, until they wholeheartedly fight alongside the US .

    May 27, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I believe Pakistan was harboring OBL all along, remember when Bhutto ran for PM and she was assisinated they reported she accidently hit her head and died, end of story.

    May 27, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. GonzoinHouston

    You gotta understand it's a whole different world over there. Here, the military is subordinate to the President. There, the military has staged at least 2 coups. The ISI (intelligence service) is just as independent, and was the main promoter of the original Taliban in Afghanistan.

    Pakistan doesn't consider the Taliban, al-Qaida, or even al-Quaida of Pakistan to be their greatest threat. To them, the main enemy is India, and they've been at low-level war for years over Khasmir. We're trying to keep good relationships with both countries, and neither is really happy with that.

    What we consider gross corruption has been business as usual for millennia over there. Courts are not independent and assassination is common. Known terrorist groups have public offices in some cities in Pakistan. Holding to high principals can be life-threatening.

    Neither the top level of the Pakistani government nor the top military command had any policy to shelter or protect bin Laden. But lower down in the hierarchy there were numerous individuals who were loyal to, bribed by, or afraid of bin Laden and al-Qaida. And they were in the right places with the right authority to cover for him.

    How appropriate is it that we demand a great cleansing of Pakistan's government when our own Congress is up for sale to the highest contributor?

    May 27, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. ana

    Well, when US gave support and aid to taliban and al qaida, what happened now? samething is gonna happen with pakistan, a terrorist nation. Terrorists grow in paskistan like bacteria in the rotten food.

    May 27, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. TONY

    We should not send a dime to Pakistan and if they continue to shelter terrorist like they did Osama go in get the terrorist without them knowing Pakistan is a traitor to the US, no one can convince me that they never knew that Ben ladin, and other terrorist are being sheltered in pakistan. They can kiss my you know what

    May 27, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. vic , nashville ,tn

    From 2004 Many of us believed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan but G.W.Bush and Donald Rumsfeld trust Pervez Musharraf . Look what happen

    As long as Pakistan treats India is their enemy no point of giving any penny to Pakistan

    Before Pakistan get any penny from us. ISA must stop funding, training and accommodation for terrorist. Pakistan must create good relations ship with India and Afghanistan

    May 27, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Pakistan is a snake pit. Some are poisonous, some are not. They ar ean ally on some matters, but not on others. We just have to realize we are liely to be played and we should act accordingly. We should also be playing the otherside against Pakistan, just like they do with us. I doubt they will EVER be a full ally given their religion and history.

    May 27, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. Duck Fallas

    In a related poll, 100% of Pakistanis hate America, so nuke 'em.

    May 27, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. Dale

    Even if we don't care for Pakistan, walking away from country that has both terrorists and nukes seems like a bad idea. We need to keep a close eye on Pakistan.

    May 27, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. Republican Robber Baron

    The "REAL" question that should have been asked is if Americans are fond of ANY Mid-East nation including Israel. American taxpayers are sick and tired of sending Billions of $ to essentially bribe these countries to be on our side. Israel is already a very wealthy nation...it make no sense whatsover to give $ to nations that do not want , nor need our help.

    Wake-up Congress...pull our exhausted troops out of the Mid-East and let the Arabs and Israeli fight it out on their own. We don't need to be there. Besides what's the point of negotiating for "peace" when they don't even want peace in the first place?

    May 27, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. diridi

    Only idiots will believe Pakistan....no more dimes to Pakistan...not a dime to pakistan. please...do not even believe...

    May 27, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. Hardy Takhar

    Pakistan has continually lied to the US ,but we keeping on feeding a corrupt financially broke country. Get outta the USA and leave India and China to dissect it and assimilate this wasteland. There will be no end to terrorism unto Pakistan is no more.

    May 27, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. Marjee123

    Since they like to slur and pan and rant against the US, why don't we stop the money we are giving them. This country could surely use 4 billion dollars on this country. We don't need to give it to a country that doesn't appreciate us.

    May 27, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Ed

    Take the money sent to Pakistan and help fix our intrastructure! The money should be used for our own people!

    May 27, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. The Elephant in the Room

    Until Pakistan walks the talk, Americans will be suspect of them and their foriegn aid money will be in jeapoardy.

    They need to stop playing to their locals with pandering, anti-American sound bites. The world is a lot smaller now and we hear their BS. It is time for them to man up and decide which side they are on.

    They've got that region where all the Taliban and al Queda members are living; and they know where they are. Go get them. Bring us some heads to prove your loyalty.

    May 27, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. mike

    giving foriegn aid to Pakistan is worse than burning the money. these folks are not our allies in any sense. we bribe them to hunt up a few small scale terrorists while their military hides the big fish in plain sight.
    cut off the foriegn aid, give half of it to India and tell them privately they can hunt terrorists there. some will worry about the Paki bomb but those are just as likely to be stolen or given to the taliban anyway. put India in charge!

    May 27, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |