Nearly 74 percent Americans disapprove of UNs functioning and actions

March 7th, 2009 - 3:28 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Mar 7 (ANI): A meager 26 percent Americans approve of the functioning and actions taken by the United Nations in its 60-year history.

A Gallup poll that shows a meager 26 percent approval rating for the world body, which US taxpayers gave nearly three billion dollars to support last year.

The poll of roughly 1,000 US adults had a margin of error of +/ 3 percent, FOX News reported.

Since the run-up to the Iraq War, when the US faced stiff opposition to the coalition invasion, the UNs popularity in its host nation has steadily dropped.

Sixty-five percent of Americans think the sprawling bureaucracy has done a poor job in confronting problems it has to face.

The world body has never polled very high in the 56 years of the Gallup poll, topping out at 58 percent approval in 2002.

But the current drop is hardly unique; during the Reagan Administration, the poll bottomed out at 28 percent, which stood as a record for over two decades.

The UNs numbers took a similar nosedive in the mid-1990s amid the conclusion of the Bosnia War (which it tried unsuccessfully to stop) and the Rwandan genocide, in which it did not intercede. (ANI)

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