Time News Poll:
"Which country poses the greatest danger to world peace in 2003? "
North Korea 6.7%
Another Poll sanctioned by the EU:
Over half of Europeans think Israel poses the "biggest threat to world peace," according to a controversial poll commissioned by the European Commission.
The same survey has the United States beating out Iran, Iraq and North Korea – the trio dubbed the "axis of evil" by President George W. Bush – as well as Afghanistan in a ranking of what countries contribute most to world instability.
EUobserver.com reports the survey, conducted between Oct. 8 and 16 by Taylor Nelson Sofres/EOS Gallup of Europe, consisted of 15 questions regarding "the reconstruction of Iraq, the conflict in the Middle East and World peace."
According to the website, the poll sparked controversy – not over its results, but over the release of its results. Namely, the European Commission was accused of suppressing the results revealing the extent of mistrust of Israel and the U.S. while the Bush administration was stumping for Iraq reconstruction assistance at the international donors conference in Madrid last week.
According to the Eurobarometer poll, based on interviews with 500
people in each of the 15 EU states, some 59 percent of Europeans
replied "yes" when asked whether or not Israel presents a threat to
peace in the world.
A total of 53 percent said Iran, North Korea and the United States pose
a threat, followed by 52 percent for Iraq, 50 percent for Afghanistan
(news - web sites) and 48 percent for Pakistan.
Countries lower down the list included Syria, Libya, Saudi Arabia,
China, India, Russia and Somalia. The EU itself was described as a threat by eight percent of respondents.