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  Kofi Annan Rated Most Highly Trusted Leader by Europeans, But Not by Americans
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Last EditedPicimpalious  Jan 09, 2005 06:27am
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News DateFriday, January 7, 2005 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has been highly visible in the news lately surrounding discussion about his strained relations with the Bush administration, and even calls for his resignation by some Republican leaders. A Harris Poll shows that public attitudes toward Kofi Annan are very different -- and far more positive -- in Europe than they are in the United States.

In a recent Harris InteractiveŽ survey about the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) conducted in the United States and in three large European countries, Kofi Annan topped the list as the person most trusted to provide information about these goals in both France and Germany. In Great Britain he tied for first place with rock star and philanthropist Bob Geldof. But in the United States Kofi Annan was eleventh on the list with George Bush, Jimmy Carter and Oprah Winfrey the people trusted most by the largest numbers of Americans to provide information about the Millennium Goals.

These are the results of a four-nation survey of adults conducted by Harris Interactive based on 22,166 interviews in the United States, 7,373 in Great Britain, 6,947 in Germany, and 3,607 in France. The surveys, which were conducted online between June 17 and July 2, 2004, in Great Britain, Germany and France, and between August 18 and September 8, 2004 in the United States, were designed to be representative of all adults in each country.

These significant differences are another example of the wide attitudinal divide between Europe and the United States, whether on Iraq, global warming and the Kyoto treaty or on the role of the United Nations.
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