How Americans See The World

Marc Lynch picks apart last week's Pew survey on foreign policy:

Only 16% of the public has a favorable view of Pakistan, our essential partner in the new AfPak strategy -- barely more than have a favorable view of Iran (11%) -- and unfavorable views of Pakistan have gone from 39% to 68% since last year.  Yikes.  And the partisan gap on Israel is interesting, if not new:  in the general public, 68% of Republicans and 43% of Democrats say that they sympathize with Israel more than with the Palestinians. Among [Council on Foreign Relations] experts, a solid 41% plurality say that they sympathize with both Israel and the Palestinians equally.