55%: Pakistan a U.S. enemy
A majority of Americans do not see Pakistan as a friend to the United States. In a Poll Position national scientific telephone survey we asked, do you consider Pakistan to be a friend or enemy of the United States? An enemy to the U.S. was the choice of 55%, 7% considered Pakistan a friend, 26% did not consider Pakistan a friend or enemy, 12% did not have an opinion.
The relationship between the United States and Pakistan has been up and down over the past years. The U.S. considers Pakistan a strong ally on the war on terror. However, America politicians expressed some dismay when Osama bin Laden was found living in Pakistan in a villa near a Pakistani military intelligence facility. He had reportedly been living there for several years. Pakistan said it did not know bin Laden was there. On another front, Pakistan has expressed anger towards the U.S. over predator drone missile strikes that have killed civilians and members of the Pakistani military. The U.S. says predator drone strikes are an effective tool in targeting terrorists.
More Republicans see Pakistan as an enemy than Democrats or Independents. Among Republicans, 70% consider Pakistan an enemy, 6% said Pakistan is a friend, 12% chose neither, and 12% had no opinion. Democrats countered with 47% considering Pakistan an enemy, 11% said Pakistan is a friend, 30% said neither, and 12% offered no opinion. Among Independents, 45% looked at Pakistan as an enemy, 4% a friend, 37% said neither friend or enemy, and 14% did not offer an opinion.
Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,176 registered voters nationwide was conducted November 27, 2011 and has a margin of error of ±3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.
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