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Gallup: The US is #1 Threat to World Peace

While the Obama Administration and many in Washington decry Vladimir Putin’s non-violent “aggression” in Crimea, a new Gallup poll has found that the rest of the world sees the United States as the greatest threat to world peace – three times more of a threat than the next country.

Sampling residents in 65 different nations, the poll found that 24 percent of respondents believe the United States “represents the greatest threat to peace in the world today.” While 24 percent isn’t an overwhelming number, the next country is Pakistan, viewed as the greatest threat to world peace by 8 percent of respondents.

Behind the US and Pakistan, 6 percent of people believe China is the greatest threat to world peace, 5 percent believe it’s Israel, 5 percent believe it’s Iran, and 5 percent believe it’s North Kora.

In countries like Russia, China, and Bosnia, 49+ percent of respondents identified the United States as the greatest threat to world peace.

Despite being viewed as the greatest threat to peace, the United States is still the nation foreigners say they would most like to relocate to, but far less so than in the past. Just 9 percent of respondents said that the United States would be the most desirable location to move to while 7 percent said it would be Canada or Australia. Six percent said they prefer Switzerland, 4 percent prefer the United Kingdom, 4 percent said Spain, 4 percent said Italy, and 4 percent said France.

Overall, people are largely happy with where they are. Sixty percent of people said they are “content” while just 12 percent said they are unhappy and 26 percent don’t feel strongly either way. Africa ranks as the unhappiest region in the world but still just 26 percent say they are unhappy despite what many American’s would think. Forty-eight percent of Africans say they are hopeful about their future outlook.

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