(Washington Post) | February 19, 2010

Canada retained its top position as the country viewed most favorably by Americans, while Iran again ranked last in Gallup’s annual World Affairs survey according to results released Friday.

Ninety percent of Americans viewed their northern neighbor favorably in Gallup’s survey of 20 nations that figure prominently in the news or U.S. foreign policy, according to the survey. Americans had decidedly mixed views toward their southern neighbor, with only 49 percent viewing Mexico favorably at a time its image has suffered from intensifying violence in the drug war.

Iran was seen favorably by only 10 percent of Americans in the poll after a year dominated by headlines over its nuclear program and crackdown on anti-government protesters. North Korea, which is under pressure to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, was next-to-last with only a 14 percent favorability rating.

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