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Pew surveyed forty-seven countries in 2007 and found that in nine of them, less than 30% of the population gave the United States a favorable rating-tellingly, all but one of those countries were predominantly Muslim (the lone exception being Argentina).1 Turkey had the dubious distinction of giving the United States its lowest score-only nine out of one hundred Turks hold a favorable view of the United States, down a stunning forty-three percentage points from a U.S. State Department survey in 2000. In 2006-after a twelve-month period punctuated by the London bombings, riots by Muslim youths in France and die controversy over the publication of cartoons in Denmark portraying the prophet Muhammad-the Pew Global Attitudes Project set out to explore these tensions and to gain a better understanding of how Westerners and Muslims perceive one another.
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